The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) met on Monday, February 26, 2018, at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. During the meeting, the Board approved a Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget request for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); began the process for the naming of the new Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5; approved a resolution urging national and state policymakers to pass legislation to reduce gun violence to protect students and staff; and discussed the superintendent’s capital improvements program recommendations.
The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website.
Adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Request
The Board of Education approved a $2.59 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The request includes a $72.9 million increase from FY 2018, which will allow the district to continue to make targeted investments to manage enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure that is needed to ensure that all MCPS students are able to excel. A majority of the $72.9 million spending increase will be used to provide the same level of services to a growing number of students. The recommendation focuses on key bodies of work that define a roadmap of the district’s current and future efforts. It includes $16.12 million to expand and implement strategic accelerators.
The Board’s adopted operating budget reflects input from a broad array of stakeholders, including staff, parents, students, and community members. The Board held two budget hearings and two work sessions. Following the hearings and work sessions, the Board proposed and tentatively approved several amendments to Dr. Smith’s recommended operating budget at its February 13 business meeting:
- Addition of one manager position to support Linkages to Learning for a cost of $124,220 for salary and benefits
- Addition of one consulting teacher position for a cost of $126,355 for salary and benefits
- Addition of .5 content specialist position for a cost of $78,134 for salary and benefits
The Board will submit its budget request to Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council by March 1. County Executive Leggett is expected to release his budget recommendation on March 15. The Montgomery County Council will hold public hearings on the county budget in April before passing a final budget in May. After the County Council’s action, the Board of Education will vote again in June for final adoption of the FY2019 Operating Budget `.
Read the memorandum to the Board
Read the press release
Resolution on Safe and Secure Schools and Communities
The Board discussed and approved a resolution urging national and state policymakers to pass legislation to reduce gun violence to protect students and school staff. The resolution further celebrated students' efforts to speak out about school safety and also directed Superintendent Jack R. Smith to prepare a report regarding ongoing security efforts in MCPS.
Read the Resolution.
Watch the discussion about the resolution on Safe and Secure Schools and Communities
Naming of Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5
The Board began the process for naming Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5. The new school will open in September 2018. The principal of the new school will lead the school naming process, which will involve a school naming committee comprised of community members. The school naming committee may consider the Board’s suggestions and also consider other names. Pursuant to Policy FFA, Naming of School Facilities, the final responsibility for naming a school rests with the Board of Education. The four names the Board submitted to the school naming committee for consideration are Mary McLeod Bethune, Emily Catherine Edmonson, Josiah Henson and Bayard Rustin.
Read the Memorandum.
Read the Policy on Naming School Facilities
Recommended Positions on Items of Legislation
The Board discussed proposed legislation that could impact MCPS, as well as the recommended positions, and whether the bills are consistent with the Board’s legislative platform, adopted by the Board on October 23, 2017.
Read the recommended Board positions and the attachment. (NOTE: Actual Board votes on these legislative bills may differ from staff recommendations.)
Facilities and Boundaries Presentation and Preliminary Work Session
The Board received an update from MCPS staff and discussed the superintendent’s recommendation for amendments to the Board of Education’s requested FY 2019 Capital Budget and FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program. The Board also received a presentation on the preliminary plans for continued development of projects related to the Purple Line.
Read the memorandum on the Capital Budget and Capital Improvements Program
Read the memorandum on projects related to the Purple Line
The Board approved the following administrative appointments:
Mary Jane Q. Ennis, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Peter O. Moran, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Adrienne L. Morrow, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Michelle E. Schultze, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Brian W. Scriven, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Sarah E. Sirgo, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Jennifer L. Webster, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Eric A. Wilson, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Michael J. Zarchin, Director, Learning, Achievement, and Administration, Office of School Support and Improvement
Brian H. Beaubien, Supervisor, Interim Instructional Services and Online Learning, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs
Verna L. Washington, as Supervisor, Pre-K/Head Start, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs
The Board approved the following resolutions:
The Board will hold its next regular business meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Please check the Board of Education website and meeting calendar for further information.
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: Mr. Michael Durso, president; Mrs. Shebra Evans, vice president. Members: Ms. Jeanette E. Dixon, Dr. Judith Docca, Mrs. Patricia O’Neill, Ms. Jill Ortman-Fouse, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Mr. Matthew Post, student member. Dr. Jack R. Smith, superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030.