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Verjeana Jacobs '96 Running for Reelection as Prince George's County School Board Chairwoman

Thursday, February 23, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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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.
Verjeana Jacobs
Photo Credit: The Gazette
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.

Read more about Verjeana Jacobs in The Gazette, "School board chairwoman Jacobs plans to focus next term on incentives to motivate, keep effective teachers."

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