Prince George's County Board of Education Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs,
'96, is running for another term as chairwoman. Verjeana Jacobs works full time
managing a staff of nearly a dozen people as division
chief of the county Department of Corrections Office of Professional
Responsibility and Legal Affairs. She won one of four at-large
seats on the Prince George's school board in 2006 for a four-year term, serving as
vice-chairwoman for a year before being elected chairwoman in 2007.
If reelected, Jacobs plans to develop a personnel manual that would
clarify expectations for employees in the school system. "It would drive
how we operate, what is acceptable, how we reward good
performance and how we can incentivize people so they stay in the
county,” said Jacobs, 44, of Mitchellville, MD.
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Jacobs also wants to find ways of rewarding effective
teachers and administrators with not only money but also support. Not
every principal, for example, can be promoted to a higher position, but
that person might be offered additional challenges to help maintain
motivation. "They would stay in the job, but maybe given some more
responsibilities,” said Jacobs, who also wants to set clear performance
standards for those not doing as well.