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Superintendent Jack R. Smith is recommending a $2.59 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget that will allow the district to manage continued significant enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure needed to ensure that all students meet their potential and achieve at the highest levels. The recommended budget for FY 2019 is a 2.7 percent increase over FY 2018.
Students in grades 7 through 10, and their families, are invited to attend a Career Readiness Expo, to be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Watkins Mill High School. Come learn about existing programs of study, as well as new programs to be offered in fall of 2018; skills students need to be successful in high school, college and the workplace; and how students can earn industry-recognized certification and college credit before graduating high school.
Nearly 60 student leaders from MCPS secondary schools met with members of the Board of Education, Superintendent Jack Smith and senior administration. The students shared their thoughts and offered ideas to help the board as they set their priorities for the year. Students discussed a variety of topics including assessments, the achievement gap, technology and the school calendar.
Montgomery County Public Schools, along with several partners, recently kicked off Thriving Germantown, a community health and social services hub at Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School, which will provide support for many of the school's students and families.
Savannah Markwood, a third-grade student at Stonegate Elementary, and her family, won $30,000 for their school and $15,000 for themselves by entering the Ben's Beginners cooking contest. The money for the school will be used for a kitchen makeover.
Andrew Komo, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School, won the individual top prize of $100,000 at the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. He developed a coded system that protects online auctions from threats, such as cheating and fraud.
The Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Dec. 5 for its regular business meeting. The closed session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with public items beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be live online and on MCPS TV (Comcast Channel 34 and Verizon 36).
Superintendent Jack R. Smith presented his Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Operating Budget Framework at the Board of Education meeting Dec. 5. The presentation contained a review of the FY 2018 Operating Budget, the drivers that help determine budget priorities, and a preview of the key bodies of work that will be a focus in the coming school year.