By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFRO

With three years left in his contract, Prince George’s County Chief Executive Officer of Public Schools, Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, will resign at the end of this school year, according to an email sent to PGCPS community May 1.

“I have decided to focus on my transition from Prince George’s County Public Schools,” CEO/ Superintendent Maxwell said in the email.  “The numerous distractions that have occurred over the course of this school year are unlike anything I’ve experienced in four decades of working in public education.”

Caption: Dr. Kevin Maxwell, who resigned as CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) with a student featured on the PGCPS website.

The resignation follows a series of scandals during Maxwell’s second term. According to NBC4 some of the problems under Maxwell’s leadership include, grade changing by teachers after the deadline, sex abuse of minors, child pornography and loss of $6.5 million in federal grant funding for the Head Start program.

Now school board officials, who began calling for his resignation in September 2016, want to have a voice in who becomes the next CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“We’re going to talk to the County Executive.  He’s refused to meet with us for a couple months now about the next superintendent. Making sure that the board is actually involved in making that selection because the County Executive has shown himself unable to make good decisions on that,” said David Murray, a member of the board told Fox5 News.

Candidate for County Executive, Donna Edwards, said many people will be happy to see Maxwell go.

“Kevin Maxwell’s resignation is welcome relief for teachers, students and parents across our County,” said Donna Edwards, candidate for County Executive, in a statement. “For far too long, our children have had to endure the taint of scandal overshadowing their achievements.”

Under Maxwell’s leadership, Prince George’s County expanded all day Pre-K programs and immersion schools. The County also cultivated the largest arts integration programs in Maryland and built two international high schools. Maxwell’s administration spent $100 million on teacher salaries increases.

Edwards, who is Black, suggested that Rushern L. Baker, current Prince George’s County Executive and candidate for governor, appoint an acting CEO and “leave the long-term decision where it belongs — with the new County Executive.”

In her statement, Edwards said she was one of the first people to call for a ban on political contributions superintendents and administrative staff to school board members who oversee their employment.

According to NBC4, Maxwell donated $500 to the vice chair of Board of Education in February. The donation was made as the vice chair was overseeing Maxwell’s performance review. The vice chair returned the money to Maxwell after council members advised it “may be seen as unethical,” NBC4 reported.

Edwards said, “The next stage is critical to ensure we rebuild a school system that is prepared to ensure that our children are ready to learn, work, compete, and win in the 21st Century.”