PGCPS board member (District 3) election candidates
The Hyattsville Life & Times reached out to both candidates registered for the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education (District 3) election. The City of Hyattsville falls entirely within District 3. You’ll find their statements in this section, listed alphabetically by last name.
Early voting starts on Oct. 27 and goes through Nov. 3. Election day is Nov. 8. If you vote on election day, you must vote at your assigned polling place. All election day polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Day Job: I am an association executive and run my own business specializing in convention sponsorship programs.
Community Involvement: I serve in many influential leadership roles for public education in Prince George’s County and Maryland: Current PGCPS Board of Education member for District 3; Chair, Climate Change Action Plan Focus Work Group, 2021-2022; Ad Hoc Committee on the Implementation for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), 2021-2022; Legislative Committee, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), 2019-2021; Policies and Procedures Committee, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), 2022; Board of Education Policy and Governance Committee Chair, 2020-2021, Vice-chair 2019-2020 and member, 2022; Board of Education Operations, Budget and Fiscal Affairs committee member, 2021-2022; PGCPS Community Schools Steering Committee board representative, 2020-2022. I am also an active Little League Baseball parent and supporter of the local nonprofits arts organizations along the Route 1 Corridor.
Statement to Voters: I am the mother of a Hyattsville Middle School seventh grader with a track record of success serving as a parent leader since 2015, and on the Board of Education since 2018. This included leadership through the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunity to now help our students, staff and families recover. I am deeply knowledgeable of the PGCPS $2.6 billion annual budget. I have contributed to positive changes in system resources, including expansion of new and renovated schools, with one delivered in my first term, and nine more on the way in the next four years throughout the county. I have worked collaboratively with the City of Hyattsville to deliver the new Hyattsville Middle School (2023) and new Hyattsville Elementary School, which is funded by the Built to Learn Act. I have served in a leadership role on the Community Schools Steering Committee, expanding academic enrichment and mental health services to 96 Blueprint for Maryland’s Future funded schools.
Although Varinia Sandino is registered for the election and will appear on ballots, she told the Hyattsville Life & Times that she had decided to suspend her campaign.