UPPER MARLBORO — District 4 Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks’ resignation was confirmed to be due to discrepancies over her residency.
Eubanks resigned from her seat on the Prince George’s County Public School’s Board of Education effective Sept. 30 after sending out her resignation letter on Sept. 19.
She had served on the board of education since 2010, and her term was set to expire in December 2020.
Her representation on the District 4 seat encompassed the cities of Cheverly, Bladensburg, Landover, Landover Hills, Palmer Park, Lanham, Forestville, Capitol Heights, Hyattsville, Seabrook, Riverdale, Glenn Dale, Glenarden and Springdale and schools such as Fairmont Heights High School, Dodge Park Elementary School and Thomas Johnson Middle School.
“As a long-term resident of Prince George’s County, I look forward to the continued development of our school system under the stewardship of the board of education and Dr. Monica Goldson’s administrative leadership,” she said in her resignation letter. “I wish the board, Dr. Goldson and you continued success as you work together collaboratively to provide the children of our county the highest quality education possible.”
At the time of her resignation, Eubanks did not give a reason for her departure from the board of education.
However, Deputy Chief of Staff to the county executive John Erzen confirmed that she was asked to leave her position because she was “serving while not living in her district.”
“It was brought to our attention that she was not living in her district and had apparently not been living in her district for a long enough period of time that we felt that it was in the best interest of the integrity of the board and in ensuring public trust that she resign because the law requires that you live in the district that you represent,” Erzen said.
A board of education member must be living in the district that they are serving for the duration of their term, according to the PGCPS Board of Education Handbook.
“With the exception of the student member, all board members must be registered voters of Prince George’s County and a resident of the school board district the candidate seeks to represent,” the handbook says of board member requirements. “A board member may not hold another office of profit in county government during a term. In addition, while serving on the board, a member may not be a candidate for public office other than a position on the board.”
According to Erzen, he and County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ team let Board Chair Alvin Thornton know that they wanted her to leave for those reasons, and “ultimately she did make the decision to resign.”