• Become a Student Member of the Board of Education

    Section 3-1002(g) of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, provides that the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) of Prince George’s County is to be elected at a special election meeting of the delegates of Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments (PGRASG) to be held each school year.  The Prince George’s County Board of Education and the PGRASG approved the election process for the SMOB at their October 1999 meeting, followed by the State Legislature’s approval during the 2000 Legislative Session.

    The process for electing the Student Member of the Board of Education of Prince George’s County shall be as follows:

    • A student interested in being considered as a candidate for Student Member of the Board of Education must be a current sophomore or junior in a Prince George’s County public school; must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average from the preceding quarter; must complete and submit the nomination packet to the Office of Student Engagement and School Support by the date specified, which will be at least two weeks before the special election meeting of PGRASG.
    • The nomination packet must be received in the Office of Student Engagement and School Support no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 (deadline extended)  The packet may be mailed, hand delivered, or emailed to smob.apps@pgcps.org. If the form is mailed, the nominee should contact the Office of Student Engagement and School Support at 301-749-4379 to verify receipt of the form by the due date and time. E-mails will be accepted, but the packet must be complete.
    • Each eligible student who completes and files a timely nomination packet will proceed to the interview stage.  Each student will be interviewed by the Candidate Screening Committee, which will consist of no fewer than the following five individuals:  the current SMOB, the President of PGRASG, one of the High School Student Advocates, the Director of the Department of Student Engagement & School Support, two Central Office personnel that support schools, and one Middle School or High School SGA Advisor (may not be from a school with a candidate).
    • The Candidate Screening Committee shall interview each of the nominees, and each student will be asked no more than ten (10) questions that have been written and reviewed by members of the committee.
    • Each student will be asked to research, prepare, and present a five-minute presentation that addresses a current state or county educational issue. 
    • After the above referenced process has been completed, the committee will move forward the names of two (2) candidates to stand for election by a meeting of the delegates to the General Assembly of PGRASG. Elections for PGRASG Elected Officers and the Student Board Member will be facilitated by representatives from the Prince George’s County Board of Elections.  A bank of five (5) voting machines will be provided on the day of elections for delegate use.  In the event that the Board of Elections is unable to facilitate the voting process, delegates will vote using paper ballots.
    • On Election Day, each candidate will have the opportunity to present a five (5) minute speech to the PGRASG delegates, followed by a fifteen (15) minute question and answer period.  Upon completion of this process, the PGRASG voting delegates will elect the new SMOB for the upcoming school year.  A candidate must receive a majority of the votes of the voting delegates. 

    Any questions should be directed to Richard Moody, Supervisor for the Office of Student Engagement and School Support, at 301-749-4379 or rmoody@pgcps.org.

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