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Board Approves Changes to Printed Materials Policy; Hears Presentation on Revising Core Values

June 26, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Monday, June 25, 2012, at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Among other items, the Board approved changes to Board Policy CNA, Informational Materials and Announcements, heard a presentation on revising core values, and made four administrative appointments. The full agenda with links to related material can be found on the Board of Education website.

Board Policy CNA, Informational Materials and Announcements

The Board of Education approved changes to Board Policy CNA, Informational Materials and Announcements, which guides the distribution of flyers and informational materials to students and to families through take-home folders, backpacks or similar methods. The Board preliminarily approved the changes on April 30 and asked for public comments. Twenty-five comments were received from the public. Under the approved changes, non-profit organizations will be allowed to distribute such printed materials in elementary schools no more than once during each marking period. However, such distribution will no longer be allowed in secondary schools. Printed materials from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), government entities and parent-teacher associations can be sent home with students at any time during the school year, at all grade levels. Read the Board item and public comments

Core Values

The Board’s Strategic Planning Committee has begun defining the process for revising the school district’s strategic plan,
Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence. The Board committee felt it would be helpful to have some external guidance in discussing possible revisions to the Board’s guiding tenants. A senior vice president from UnitedHealthcare joined the Board to discuss his company’s process of revising its core values. Read the Board memo

Administrative Appointments

The Board of Education made the following administrative appointments:

- Teri A. Bell, currently instructional specialist, Physical Disabilities Program, as coordinator, Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, Office of Special Education and Student Services
- Lisa M. Pretzello, currently special education elementary program specialist, Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, as coordinator, Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, Office of Special Education and Student Services
- Scott T. Curry, currently principal intern, Sequoyah Elementary School, as principal, Great Seneca Creek Elementary School
- Tamitha F. Campbell, currently assistant principal, Albert Einstein High School, as principal, Briggs Chaney Middle School

Other items

The Board also took action on several other items:

Passed a resolution recognizing Vietnamese scholars honored by the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association.
- Formally accepted the modernization project at Cannon Road Elementary School, the addition project at Montgomery Knolls Elementary Schools, and the improvements project at Redland Middle School.
- Set
tuition for non-resident students for the FY 2012-2013 school year at $14,181 for elementary school students (including kindergarten) and $13,805 for secondary school students.

About the Board of Education

The Montgomery County Board of Education is the official educational policymaking body in the county. The Board is responsible for the direction and operation of the public school system. The Board consists of seven county residents elected by voters for a four-year term and a student elected by secondary school students for a one-year term. Board members are elected countywide but run at-large or from the Board district in which they reside.

Montgomery County Board of Education: Ms. Shirley Brandman, president; Mr. Christopher Barclay, vice president. Members: Ms. Laura Berthiaume, Dr. Judy Docca, Mr. Michael Durso, Mr. Phil Kauffman, Ms. Patricia O’Neill, and Mr. Alan Xie, student member. Dr. Joshua P. Starr, superintendent and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 301-279-3617.

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