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County Executive Baker’s new Board of Education CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell has his contract approved and in the same week his son, Rushern Baker IV hits the public page  by catching a charge for driving with a suspended license.  Chief Deputy Clerk for the County, Marilynn Bland involved in another altercation, this time she’s the one getting handled…allegedly.  Prince George’s County debuts its new $448k web site.   PGCo Redevelopment Authority awards grants for community garden in Riverdale and artists lofts in Hyattsville along Route 1 corridor

Dr. Kevin Maxwell
Dr. Kevin Maxwell

So says The Gazette, “Unanimously and with no discussion among board members, the Prince George’s County Board of Education approved a contract for new school system Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell during an emergency meeting Tuesday night.  “I think we’ve put together a contract that is going to keep an excellent superintendent with us for a long time,” said Segun Eubanks, board chairman. Eubanks said the contract gives Maxwell a base pay of $290,000 a year for four years, and a start date of Aug. 1.  Maxwell, 61, is a former Prince George’s Public Schools teacher and principal. Since 2006, he has served as superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley’s pay was $215,000, according to his contract. Superintendent William Hite, who departed last September for the Philadelphia Public School system, had a base salary of $250,000.  Maxwell’s contract has not yet been made public.
Maxwell’s official first day on the job is August 1st.  
Rushern IV (r)
Rushern IV (r)

County Exec. Rushern Baker goes from the high of having his BOE CEO signed sealed and delivered to the yuck of his son Rushern IV, who’s said to be running for a Maryland delegate seat in 2014, catching a public charge for driving on a suspended license.  Washington Post put it out there:  Baker was driving a Jeep about 6 p.m. May 28 when a state police trooper stopped him for driving 69 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 4 near Ritchie Marlboro Road, court records show. A check by the trooper revealed that Baker’s Maryland driver’s license had been suspended for more than a year. Driving on a suspended license carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail, and as many as 12 points on a driving record.  Baker paid a $90 fine for speeding and said in an interview late Tuesday that he will attend a $200 driver training class on Saturday. No court date has been set for the suspended license charge, which is a misdemeanor, but Maryland law typically requires a court appearance.  Baker said he did not realize that his license had been suspended until the May 28 traffic stop. 
PGC Blog believes that Baker knew his license was suspended, but alas people and politicians do dumb stuff like this all the time.  
Maryland motor vehicle records show that the suspension occurred after Baker failed to complete payment for an Oct. 17, 2011, speeding ticket in Carneys Point, N.J., according to Philip A. Dacey, a spokesman for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Baker said that the ticket was for about $250 and that he “elected to pay in installments. I did not have money to pay the whole thing.” He said he thought that he had paid it in full, but Dacey said Maryland was notified by New Jersey in 2012 that Baker still owed on the ticket.
Marilynn Bland

FOX 5 has learned the chief deputy clerk of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court has been arrested for assaulting his boss.  Dr. David Billings III was arrested by the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office at around 4 p.m. Tuesday and charged with second-degree assault.  According to Prince George’s County officials with knowledge of the incident, Billings got into a heated verbal argument inside their office Tuesday afternoon with Marilynn Bland, Chief Clerk of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court.  The officials tell FOX 5 when Bland turned to walk away, Billings grabbed her, spun her around and assaulted her. The extent of Bland’s injuries is unknown, but we are told the wounds she received were superficial.  From PGC Blog: Marylynn Bland has a history of violent encounters at work.  A Washington Post article reported that Marilynn M. Bland was accused of hitting an employee in 2010, “A charge was filed Sunday in District Court by W. Randy Short, who serves as executive director of the county council’s Youth Commission.  [PDF OF CHARGE]  The alleged assault, Short said in a court filing, happened Nov. 17 at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, shortly after he had convened a meeting of the commission to install new members.
Short said in an interview today that he was hired by Bland in May to head the office, which was created in 2006 through a bill sponsored by Bland and serves to “[f]oster increased youth involvement in the affairs of County government.” Bland became upset, Short said, because he started the 6:30 p.m. meeting while she was still in her office. “She grabbed me by my collar, screaming, yelling, cursing,” Short said. “She was telling me, ‘You’re crazy’; ‘How dare you start a meeting without me?’; ‘Who do you think you are?’ ” Bland then pushed him away after her tirade, Short said. Later in the evening, he said, Bland verbally abused him again. “You tell me if that’s the kind of way that folks should treat people,” Short said.
 Short said he waited more than a week to file a charge because he thought he might get an apology, but one never came. “There’s no contrite attitude toward it,” he said. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. … I don’t want to fired and get a bad reference. So I better have this document, because if they fire me tomorrow, they’ll think I can’t do anything.”
Money LeafThe Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County recently awarded two more Community Impact Grants (CIG) to community-based organizations to help implement innovative projects in the County.  One grant of $33,000 was awarded to the University System of Maryland for its Growing Gardens in Prince George’s County: Creating an Intergeneration Training Ground for Small-Scale, Sustainable Agriculture project.  University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit enterprise located in Riverdale, MD, whose mission is to support Maryland’s agricultural industry; protect its valuable natural resources; enhance the well being of individuals and families, both young and old; and foster the development of strong, stable communities. 
The second grant awarded for $45,200, was to the Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) for a capital improvement project that will assist in the rehabilitation and conversion a portion of an ez-Storage facility into new artist studios.  The Gateway CDC promotes economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy.
If you’re interested in applying for a Community Impact Grants (CIG), please know that the funds must be used for capital purposes such as the purchase of equipment and materials and cannot be used for operations, salaries or personnel.  Proposed projects must fall into one of two categories: Neighborhood Beautification or Environment/ Natural Resources and Sustainability. Applications will be accepted until such time the grant funds have all been spent. Currently, there is $55,690 remaining in the CIG budget for future awards.
For more information, contact Tanya Diggs at 301-883-5300 or or visit the Redevelopment Authority website
exclamation markAnd lastly, check out the Prince George’s County new website HERE.

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