Visit James H. Harrison Elementary and Parkdale High School
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (August 22, 2011) – This morning, Lt. Governor Brown joined Interim State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bernard J. Sadusky and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Superintendent Dr. William Hite, Jr. to celebrate the first day of the new school year in Prince George’s County. Lt. Governor Brown, Dr. Sadusky and Dr. Hite visited two schools, where they greeted teachers, staff, parents and students on their first day back to school.
“I’m thrilled to be here with Dr. Sadusky, Dr. Hite and County Executive Baker as we kick off another school year in Prince George’s. Governor O’Malley and I take immense pride in Maryland’s outstanding public school system. It is one of the foundations for our state’s progress,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “And we will continue to make education a priority by supporting the smart investments that have made our schools models for achievement and excellence across the nation.”
“Today is the first day of a great school year in Prince George's County and we're excited and ready to go," said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., County Superintendent of Schools. "I am looking forward to the many achievements of our students and the great work of our teachers and staff."
“Maryland has continued to invest in its future by providing cutting edge educational programs for our students,” State Superintendent Dr. Sadusky said. “Every educator in Prince George’s County and throughout the state is excited about the new school year. Teachers and administrators are committed to serving their communities and providing safe, productive classrooms for their students.”
Lt. Governor Brown, Dr. Sadusky and Dr. Hite first visited James H. Harrison Elementary School in Laurel, where they joined new Principal Dr. Wanda Williams to greet children, teachers and parents as they arrived for the first day of school. Afterwards, they were led on a tour of the school facilities.
After leaving James H. Harrison Elementary School, Lt. Governor Brown, Dr. Sadusky and Dr. Hite traveled to Riverdale to visit Parkdale High School, where they were joined by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker for a tour of the school’s new student-run bank with Principal Cheryl Logan. The full service bank is run by seniors and open to students and staff three days a week. It was installed this summer as part of the Capital One Student Banking Program. The program is designed to teach students to learn about the key concepts of financial markets and institutions, as well as expand their understanding of finance beyond their personal budgets. Parkdale is the first school in Maryland to house a Capital One student-run bank, joining two schools in New York and one in New Jersey.
Under the O’Malley-Brown administration’s leadership, test scores have improved in every subject, every grade, nearly every county and across every demographic group. Education Week magazine has ranked Maryland’s public school system the nation’s best for three consecutive years, and the College Board reported Maryland leads the nation in Advanced Placement participation and performance.