Board of Education Meeting: September 16, 2010
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- Approval of the Agenda; Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month: The Board passed a resolution declaring September 15 to October 15 to be observed as Hispanic Heritage Month in MCPS, as it is throughout the nation. Hispanic students make up 23.3 percent of the overall enrollment of the school system and are participating in increasing numbers in Advanced Placement and SAT exams. The Board recognized the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans throughout the nation in the fields of politics, medicine, education, business, technology, science, and the arts.
- Public Comments
There were no public comments at this meeting
- Board/Superintendent Comments
- Oral Update on the Opening of Schools
The Board received an update on the August 30 opening of schools, which was a success. Enrollment of 144,000 students was higher than expected. Administrators, teachers and central office staff have made adjustments to balance out class sizes and bus assignments.
Principals from three MCPS schools reported on smooth openings at their campuses and commended the work of their building services staff, teachers, school-based support staff, and central office administrators for contributing to such a successful opening.
- Consent Items
- Board of Education Items
Report of the Special Education Continuous Improvement Team: The Board adopted the final report of its Special Education Continuous Improvement Team Advisory Committee, with recommendations regarding Transition Services.
The committee was charged with identifying measurable indicators, outcomes, and performance benchmarks for special education programs; developing guidelines for disseminating these measures; and fostering the use of best practices throughout the Department of Special Education. The committee’s final phase of activities focused on Transition Services.
- Human Resources
The Board approved the appointments of the following administrator:
- Lily V. Lake-Parcan, currently the principal of Silver Spring International Middle School, to director of middle school instruction and achievement.
- Superintendent Search Process and Timeline
The Board of Education took the first step in the superintendent search process by approving a resolution to authorize a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a search firm to assist in the selection of a new superintendent of schools. The Board also discussed a draft timeline for the national search to replace Superintendent of Schools Jerry D. Weast. Dr. Weast announced on August 23 that he will retire at the end of his current contract, on June 30, 2011, after 12 years leading MCPS.
- Update on PreKindergarten Special Education
The Board of Education discussed an update on prekindergarten special education. MCPS continues to respond to the increasing needs and growing number of students ages birth through 5 who qualify for special education services.
In FY 2010, 4,417 students with disabilities or developmental delays received individualized support with the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program or in a prekindergarten special education program. That number represents an increase of more than 27 percent over a five-year period.
The update focused on information about the array of special education services available to better prepare young learners for success in school and featured two parents who spoke about their child’s positive experience.
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