BREAKING: PGCPS CEO to retire next school year

Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) announced on Thursday her plans of retirement for the next school year after 32 years with PGCPS.

After starting her career as a math teacher and cheerleading coach at Suitland High School in 1991, Dr. Goldson has held a variety of influential positions, including principal, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent, and chief operating officer, ultimately paving the way to officially leading the 20th largest school district in the nation in 2018. 

During her time as Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Goldson achieved many advances during many unprecedented times such as the novel Coronavirus.

Prior to the global pandemic, roughly only a few hundred students had personal county-provided Chromebooks, but within months, Dr. Goldson ensured that the entire county was a 1:1 technology-to-student district.

“I am still immensely proud of how the PGCPS community rallied around our students and families during the pandemic,” said Dr. Goldson in a video statement released to the PGCPS community. “With the County Executive’s overall support, there is no doubt that we changed the perception of this county, in the state and region, by leading through the pandemic and garnering national attention for our efforts.”

The county also faced–and still faces today–extraneous PGCPS Board deadlocks which she has stated continue to have a negative effect on the community.

“At present, there is a clear divide of philosophical beliefs on the Prince George’s County Board of Education about how we should move forward as a school district,” Dr. Goldson explained. “To be clear, the current acrimony is not about one Board Chair. It is another example of the Board’s inability to work together in the best interest of our students. The continued political infighting among certain Board Members demonstrates a misalignment in the vision for the children of this county.”

 Despite trouble at the Board-level, many of Dr. Goldson’s advances during her time as CEO have benefited students and the community immensely such as:

  • In-school mental health services for students
  • Investing in 10 new low-cost schools in 4 years
  • Increasing early childhood opportunities
  • providing the most significant pay increase for educators and staff in a generation

In her retirement announcement, Goldson expressed her gratitude for leading PGCPS during her time as CEO.

“It has been an absolute honor to lead 131K+ students in the place I call home,” she stated. “There is no place better than Prince George’s County Public Schools and I will always be #PGCPSProud.”

As she readies for her final months working as the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Goldson is prepared for the transition in June, and she continues to be committed to ensuring students receive the education they deserve, educators are respected for the hard work they do every day, and that the community can be proud.