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Board Meetings in Brief


 July 27, 2021 - Board Meeting In Brief    

Board of Education Discusses Fall Preview: Back, Better Than Ever—Opening of Schools with Innovative Calendar; Takes Action on Charter School Applications; Makes Several Administrative Appointments; and Takes Action on Previous New Business Items.

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) conducted a hybrid (virtual and in-person) business meeting on July 27, 2021.  During the meeting, the Board received a fall preview; took action on charter school applications; made several administrative appointments; and took action on previous new business items.     

 The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education   website.

Watch the recording of the July 27, 2021, meeting.

 Appointments

 The Board approved four administrative appointments:    

  •  Ms. Natasha Bolden, executive director, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools
  •  Mrs. Tracy D. Oliver-Gary, supervisor, Pre-K–12 Social Studies, Department of Pre-K–12 Curriculum
  •  Mr. Vincent R. Liburd, Jr., principal, Montgomery Village Middle School
  •  Ms. Nicholas A. Wallen, principal, Wyngate Elementary School  

 Fall Preview: Back, Better Than Ever—Opening of Schools with Innovative Calendar

 Two MCPS schools (Roscoe Nix Elementary School and Arcola Elementary School) participate in an innovative school calendar and opened for the 2021-2022 school year on July 12, 2021. A video of their opening and successes was shared with the Board.    

 The interim superintendent informed the Board that the fall 2021 return to school will include:   

  •   Return to a full five days per week, in-person schedule.
  •  Students, staff, and visitors across all levels (elementary, middle, and high) will be required to wear face coverings in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
  •  Face coverings are not required outdoors, but strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals. This is aligned with the CDC guidance and American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations to date.
  •  The Board moved to support this decision.   

 Board Action: Charter School Applications  

 The Board considered two applications for charter schools in Montgomery County. The first application, for The Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Boys, Inc. and The Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Girls Inc. and M.E.C.C.A. Business Learning Institute Charter School.

 The interim superintendent did not recommend Board approval of the application for The Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Boys, Inc. and The Washington-McLaughlin Charter School for Girls Inc., because the charter school application did not demonstrate the following:   

  •  clear understanding of the federal requirements to operate a single-sex school;
  •  justification of  for the proposed-single sex structure, including distinct learning strategies for male and female students;
  •  plan for the preparation of the school site;
  •  plan for maintenance and operations;
  •  viable financial plan; and
  •  viable plan for enrollment or demonstrated community interest.   

           The interim superintendent did not recommend Board approval of the M.E.C.C.A. charter school application, because it did not demonstrate the following:  

  •  evidence of necessary funding supports;
  •  a complete transportation plan;
  •  revenue stream (before- and after-school program) can generate the needed funds; and
  •  details of arrangements, including repayment structure, for addressing the shortfall in revenues. 

The Board voted unanimously to deny the application. 

  Previous New Business Items

  The Board approved new business item resolutions from the July 15, 2021, Board business meeting that were lying on the table pending further action by the full Board.  The resolutions adopted were as follows:  

  •  The Board adopted a  resolution amending its previous Examination of Student Achievement Data for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Latino Students resolution (Resolution 381-20) to remove the specified project completion date of March 31, 2021, and allow respondents to submit proposed project costs.    
  •  The Board adopted a  resolution directing the superintendent of schools to correct the name of Ronald McNair Elementary School by amending the school’s name to “Dr. Ronald E. McNair Elementary School” no later than December 2021.

  New Business Items  

  •  No new business items were introduced.  

  Meeting adjourned at 2:47 p.m.  

 Future Meetings 

  The Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on August 24, 2021.  The agenda is subject to change. Please check the Board website and  meeting calendar for further information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


August 24, 2021 - Board Meeting In Brief   

Board of Education Discusses Fall Return To School and the School Resource Officer Program- Next Steps; Makes Two Administrative Appointments; and Approves a Contract for a Superintendent Search Firm.

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) conducted an in-person business meeting on August 24, 2021.  During the meeting, the Board discussed a fall return to school; discussed next steps for the School Resource Officer Program (SRO); took action on the selection of an executive search firm for the next superintendent of schools search; and made administrative appointments.    

The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website.    

Watch the recording of the August 24, 2021, meeting.

Fall Return to School

The Board heard plans and preparations for ensuring that schools are operationally, instructionally, and logistically ready for students to return:  

  • Three initiatives (in particular)—the social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, Student Well-Being Teams (SWBTs), and restorative justice (RJ)—are focused on promoting social-emotional well-being
  • In spring 2021, the Board approved the purchase and implementation of a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for the district. The SEL Curriculum, Leader in Me, aims to increase students’ self-confidence, teamwork, initiative, leadership and problem-solving.
  • During the 2020–2021 school year, the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement (OSFSE) led the implementation of Student Well Being Teams in all schools.
  • MCPS is now implementing Restorative Justice (RJ) throughout all schools.
  • Planned support includes helping staff access the Employee Assistance Program services at no cost; communicating through the Well Being Matters video series; establishing support groups for caregivers and other groups significantly impacted by the pandemic; and continuing the Well Aware Employee Wellness Program, which gives employees wellness credits from MCPS medical plan partners to participate in virtual exercise and mindfulness classes, behavior change classes, and physical activities beginning in September.
  • MCPS will implement a multi-layer health and safety protocol that includes multiple strategies to protect school community members from COVID-19, including: improved ventilation; use and supplying of masks/face coverings; vaccine or weekly testing requirements for staff; vaccine promotion for students; enhanced sanitation; frequent handwashing; and quarantine and contact tracing in the event that a student or staff member tests positive.
  • Each elementary school will develop, in collaboration with the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools, lunch plans that utilize indoor and outdoor spaces. All elementary school lunch plans will include assigned seating by class to assist with contact tracing in the event that a student from a class tests positive for COVID-19.
  • MCPS has developed tiered guidance for determining whether individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine:   
o  Fully vaccinated staff and students do not need to quarantine following a direct exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, unless they develop COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  
o  Unvaccinated staff and students are required to quarantine for ten (10) days from the last date of direct exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.   
  • MCPS has applied to the Maryland Department of Health and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to participate in a K-12 COVID-19 Screening Testing Program. Families must consent to testing for students to be tested
  • MCPS also will return to pre-pandemic grading policies and procedures as outlined in MCPS Regulation IKA-RA, Grading and Reporting
  • During September, the Measures of Academic Progress assessment will be administered to students in Grades K–10 in an effort to determine academic growth during the pandemic.  
o  Learning recovery opportunities strategically and intentionally will be infused into ongoing instruction  
  • Montgomery Virtual, MCPS’ virtual academy, is an MSDE approved, blended virtual learning program that will provide an alternative learning environment for students who find the virtual environment more appropriate for their learning needs or for students who need a virtual instructional program due to extenuating circumstances.
  • The MCPS interscholastic athletics program will fully resume in-person operations in the fall, in alignment with MCPS procedures and protocols for COVID-19 safety.
  • The MCPS extracurricular and fine arts programs will fully resume in-person operations in the fall within the guidelines of MCPS’ current procedures and protocols for COVID-19 safety
  • MCPS is creating a welcoming environment by collaborating with community partners to help provide newcomer families with health care, food supports, housing resources, childcare, recreation, medical/behavioral health care, family reunification programs, legal services, gang/trafficking prevention, and other essential services.
  • MCPS convened a Fall Design Team composed of students and school-and central-office based staff from all three employee associations and currently are circulating the contingency plan through stakeholder groups for feedback.
  • For individual students in quarantine, instruction will be provided. Student schedules may be adjusted and include a range of opportunities such as live instruction, check-ins, and independent work time. Each school will design and communicate those schedules to affected students and families as needed.
  • Individual students who are required to quarantine will have a schedule for a full-day of engagement, including 60 minutes of live instruction to open and close the day; 60 minutes of live math instruction; 75 minutes of live ELA instruction; and time to independently work on activities in health/wellness, science, social studies, and other areas.  
o  Each grade level team also will proactively prepare a schedule should all students need to receive virtual instruction while in quarantine as a group     
  • MCPS will not close school buildings and move to fully virtual instruction unless ordered to do so by state government officials    

School Resource Officer Program Next Steps  

Student resources officers are now community engagement officers

  • Assigned to specific schools
  • Based in the community (not stationed in schools or on school grounds)
  • Will not enforce MCPS policies, rules, regulations and/or procedures
  • Will not be contacted directly by school administrators or school security: All calls for police service will be directed to 911 or the police non-emergency number
  • Next Steps:  

  o   Phase 2: Comprehensive Review of Current MOU  

  • Inclusion of additional stakeholders 
  • Focus on supporting students
  • Incorporation of Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services  

Contract Approval for RFP No. 4305.2, Executive Search Firm for Selection of a Superintendent of Schools

The Board approved a resolution to enter into a contractual agreement with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to provide professional consultant services for the superintendent of schools search and selection process based upon the proposal fee of $52,500, plus travel expenses, as appropriate, and other optional additional services as requested by the Board.

Recommended Appointments  

  • Mrs. Shauna-Kay J. Jorandby, principal, Sligo Middle School, as director of student engagement, behavioral health, and academics, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools    
  • Ms. Leslie E. Turner Percival, assistant general counsel, Office of the General Counsel (OGC) as legal director, OGC  

Future Meetings

The Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on September 9, 2021.  The Board will meet in in-person.  The agenda is subject to change. Please check the Board of Education website and meeting calendar for further information.  

About the Board of Education

The Board 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. Brenda Wolff, president; Ms. Karla Silvestre, vice president.  Members: Dr. Judith Docca, Mrs. Shebra L. Evans, Ms. Lynne Harris, Mrs. Patricia O’Neill, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Ms. Hana O’Looney, student member. Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, interim superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030.   

 

 



 October 26, 2021 - Board Meeting In Brief 

Board of Education Approved a Cost-of-Living Adjustment, Step and Longevity Increases, and Retention and Recruitment Incentives; Discussed Regulation KLA-RA, Responding to Inquiries and Complaints from the Public; Conducted a Facilities and Boundaries Work Session regarding the Interim Superintendent’s Recommendations on Boundary Studies for Gaithersburg #8 and Bethesda, Somerset, and Westbrook Elementary Schools; Received an update on Mitigating Learning Disruption; Made Administrative Appointments; Discussed Three Scenarios for the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar; and Deferred Action on Previous New Business. 

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) conducted a hybrid (virtual and in-person) business meeting on October 26, 2021.  During the meeting, the Board approved a cost-of-living adjustment, step and longevity increases, and retention and recruitment incentives; discussed Regulation KLA-RA, Responding to Inquiries and Complaints from the Public; conducted a Facilities and Boundaries work session on the interim superintendent’s recommendations on boundary studies for Gaithersburg #8, and Bethesda, Somerset, and Westbrook elementary schools; received an update on mitigating learning disruption that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic; made three administrative appointments; discussed three proposed scenarios for the  2022-2023 school year calendar; and deferred action on previous new business. 

The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website

Watch the recording of the October 26, 2021, meeting

Cost-of-Living Adjustment, Step and Longevity Increases, and Retention and Recruitment Incentives

The Board approved a 1.5 percent cost of living increase for all MCPS employees, as well as step increases and longevity increases for eligible employees. 

Regulation KLA-RA, Responding to Inquiries and Complaints from the Public   

In a resolution dated June 10, 2021, (Resolution No. 348-21) Continuous Improvement, the Montgomery County Board of Education directed Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, interim superintendent of schools, to review procedures delineated in Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Regulation KLA-RA, Responding to Inquiries and Complaints from the Public. A multi-stakeholder group (Stakeholder Review Team) was convened, consisting of more than forty stakeholders representing students, parents/guardians, community members, the employee associations, school-based administrators and teachers, Board staff, and MCPS central services staff. Based on their review, MCPS Regulation KLA-RA will be revised and related processes identified by the Stakeholder Review Team will be examined for recommended modifications. MCPS offices responsible for implementing Regulation KLA-RA and the Board ombudsperson will collaborate to identify writing team partners and other substantive staff expertise needed to address the Stakeholder Review Team’s findings. A substantive working draft of the regulation is anticipated to be developed by January 2022, followed by related professional development and communication design that will inform final revisions to the draft. 

Facilities and Boundaries Work Session on Boundary Studies for Gaithersburg #8, and Bethesda, Somerset, and Westbrook Elementary Schools  

On November 26, 2019, the Board of Education authorized a boundary study to determine the service area for Gaithersburg Cluster Elementary School #8 (Kelley Park site) (Resolution
No. 583-19). All of the elementary schools in the Gaithersburg Cluster—Gaithersburg, Goshen, Laytonsville, Rosemont, Strawberry Knoll, Summit Hall, and Washington Grove elementary schools—were included in the boundary study. To evaluate the middle school articulation patterns, the scope of the boundary study also included Forest Oak and Gaithersburg middle schools. No high school boundary changes were included in the study as all of the elementary and middle schools articulate to Gaithersburg High School. The data presented for the elementary schools reflects the grandfathering of Grade 5 students and for the middle schools, the grandfathering of Grade 8 students. The boundary study will not be fully implemented until the 2023–2024 school year. Therefore, in the 2022–2023 school year, only prekindergarten through Grade 4 students would be reassigned at the elementary school level and Grades 6 and 7 students would be reassigned at the middle school level. Full implementation would occur in the 2023–2024 school year with prekindergarten through Grade 5 at the elementary school level and Grades 6 through 8 at the middle school level. Find more information, click HERE.  

On November 19, 2020, the Board of Education authorized a boundary study to explore the reassignment of students from Bethesda and Somerset elementary schools to Westbrook Elementary School (Resolution No. 515-20). No middle or high school boundaries were included in the study as each of the elementary schools articulates to Westland Middle School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The data presented for the elementary schools reflects the grandfathering of Grade 5 students. The boundary study will not be fully implemented until the 2023–2024 school year. Therefore, in the 2022–2023 school year, only prekindergarten through Grade 4 students would be reassigned. Full implementation would occur in the 2023–2024 school year with prekindergarten through Grade 5 students. Find more information, click HERE

Mitigating Learning Disruptions 

MCPS provided a wide range of summer programming for elementary, middle, and high school students, with overarching goals to mitigate learning disruption, maintain student engagement, support our most vulnerable students, provide special education services, and support student well-being. A review of programming that took place throughout MCPS in summer 2021 was shared. As part of our learning recovery efforts following the 2020–2021 school year, MCPS implemented an unprecedented summer program for more than 50,000 students, nearly tripling the participation from traditional pre-pandemic summer programs. All programs were offered at no cost to all students; were offered in all schools/clusters; and included both all-virtual and in-person options. 

Recommended Appointments 

The Board approved the following appointments: 

Dr. Dan Kelley, currently acting director, Division of Financial Services, as director, Division of Financial Services, Office of Finance (OOF)

Ms. Phoebe Kuan, currently acting director of investments, as director of investments, Department of Strategic Planning and Resource Management, OOF

Ms. Gina F. Ripoli, acting coordinator, Department of Employee and Retiree Services (ERSC), as director, ERSC, OOF 

School Year 2022–2023 Calendar  

Board Policy IDA, School Year Calendar, calls for the Board’s Policy Management Committee (PMC) to review the draft school year calendar prior to its presentation to the Board. On October 21, 2021, the PMC met to review potential draft scenarios for the 2022–2023 instructional School Year Calendar. At that meeting, the PMC recommended three scenarios to form the basis of the Board’s initial review. Staff presented three potential calendar options to share with the Board. Next, MCPS staff will prepare the scenarios that the Board would like to put forward for public comment. The identified draft scenarios of the 2022–2023 School Year Calendar then will be available for public comment and feedback. We will launch a robust communication and outreach effort to ensure that our community is aware of the conversation and possible directions for development of the 2022–2023 School Year Calendar.  

Previous New Business Items 

At the October 5, 2021, Board meeting, Ms. O’Looney brought forward a resolution on behalf of the full Board to direct the interim superintendent to explore the possibility of identifying and offering a .5 credit financial literacy course, that will be required for all students beginning with students entering Grade 9 for the 2023–2024 school year (class of 2028) and that the interim superintendent provide a report to the Board about the feasibility of this requirement no later than January 2022. This was to be revisited at this meeting, but the Board decided to waive parliamentary procedure and deferred the vote on this item until the next Board Business meeting on November 9, 2021. 

Future Meetings

The Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on November 9, 2021.  The Board will meet in a hybrid format (in-person and virtually).  The agenda is subject to change. Please check the Board website and meeting calendar for further information. 

About the Board of Education

The Board 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. Brenda Wolff, president; Ms. Karla Silvestre, vice president.  Members: Dr. Judith Docca, Mrs. Shebra L. Evans, Ms. Lynne Harris, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Ms. Hana O’Looney, student member.
Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, interim superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030.  



 November 9, 2021 - Board Meeting In Brief 

Board of Education Approves a Change in the 2021-2022 Traditional and Innovative School Calendar;  Approves the Board’s Annual Legislative Priorities; Receives an Update on Strategic Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Efforts; Hears the Interim Superintendent’s Recommendations for the FY 2023 Capital Budget and FY 2023-2028 Capital Improvements Program; Approves the Board’s Strategic Plan; Approves a Change in Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2025; Receives an Update on the Financial Literacy Requirements; and Approves Identified Pilot Courses.  

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) conducted a hybrid (virtual and in-person) business meeting on November 9, 2021.  During the meeting, the Board approved a change in the 2021–2022 Traditional and Innovative school year calendar; approved the Board’s annual legislative priorities; received an update on strategic recruitment and talent acquisition efforts; heard the interim superintendent’s recommendations for the FY 2023 Capital Budget and FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program; approved the Board of Education’s Strategic Plan; approved a change in graduation requirements for the Class of 2025; received an update on financial literacy instruction; and approved identified pilot courses.  

The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website.  

Watch the recording of the November 9, 2021, meeting

2021–2022 Traditional and Innovative School Calendar

The Board approved a resolution that the 2021–2022 Traditional and Innovate School Calendars be modified to make Wednesday, November 24, 2021, a holiday for all students and staff. 

Board’s Annual Legislative Priorities

The Board voted to approve their annual legislative priorities. These priorities are based on the Board’s five values—learning, respect, relationships, excellence, and equity. These priorities are to indicate what issues are most relevant to the Board and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  

Strategic Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Efforts

The Board received an update from the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD). OHRD has engaged in continuous improvement efforts to examine four key bodies of work to identify areas of growth and to make recommendations for changes to align with district needs. The OHRD focus areas include: Talent Acquisition and Recruitment; Talent Development; Induction and Onboarding; and Retention. OHRD staff, as part of the implementation of the recommendations from the reimagination workgroups, has continued their efforts to design and implement a systemwide strategic recruitment plan for all employees. The goal of this work is to ensure we are acquiring diverse talent, representative of our student demographics in order to support students and the Board of Education Strategic Plan (organizational and operational excellence).  

Interim Superintendent’s Recommendations for the FY 2023 Capital Budget and FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program

The Interim Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2023 Capital Budget and the FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) total $1.738 billion, an increase of $119.4 million more than the previously approved CIP. The recommendation includes maintaining the completion dates of all capital projects included in the adopted CIP, as well as additional funding for the following: Seven previously approved capital projects to reflect increased construction costs and prevailing wage rate premiums; Two new addition projects—Burtonsville and Greencastle elementary schools;  Two new Major Capital Projects (planning funds only)—Piney Branch Elementary School and Eastern Middle School; and new countywide initiatives and countywide systemic projects to address aging infrastructure. The Board will take final action on this item at its November 18, 2021, meeting. 

Board of Education’s Strategic Plan

The draft Fiscal Year 2022‒2025 Strategic Plan and the work of the Board of Education Strategic Planning Committee centers around the creation of three strategic priorities with objectives, indicators, performance targets, and strategies. The alignment of the draft Fiscal Year 2022‒2025 Strategic Plan to the MCPS tenets, strategic accelerators, the district’s operating budget, and data dashboards highlight the need for accountability of staff and programs focusing on individual student growth and progress. There will be a monthly review of programs in the Strategic Plan with the opportunity to make necessary changes to the Strategic Plan to prepare for future years. This three-year Strategic Plan, along with the Annual Report, provide the community with information that supports its investment in the education of students in Montgomery County. The Board approved the draft Fiscal Year 2022‒2025 Strategic Plan.  

Change in Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2025

The Board approved a reduction in the elective credits required for graduation from 2.5 to 2.0 for 2021–2022 first-year Grade 9 students. 

Financial Literacy Requirements

The Board directed the interim superintendent to explore the possibility of identifying and offering a .5 credit financial literacy course, that will be required for all students beginning with students entering Grade 9 for the 2023-2024 school year (Class of 2028) and that the interim superintendent provide a report to the Board about the feasibility of this requirement no later than January 2022. 

Identified Pilot Courses

Pilot courses are submitted to the Board as required by Board of Education Policy IFA, Curriculum, approved February 13, 2001, and its accompanying MCPS Regulation, IFA-RA, Curriculum. The policy requires that initial information regarding proposed curriculum development or significant revisions be presented to the Board for approval. The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP) continues to implement a process for pilot courses and is recommending six new noncore high school pilot courses, three continuing in the pilot process and seven exiting the pilot process. OCIP also recommends four courses become active at high schools with specialized programs and one course to become active and available at all high schools. The Board approved these pilot courses. 

Future Meeting

The Board is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on December 2, 2021.  The Board will meet in a hybrid format (in-person and virtually).  The agenda is subject to change. Please check the Board website and meeting calendar for further information.   

About the Board of Education

The Board 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. Brenda Wolff, president; Ms. Karla Silvestre, vice president.  Members: Dr. Judith Docca, Mrs. Shebra L. Evans, Ms. Lynne Harris, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Ms. Hana O’Looney, student member.
Dr. Monifa B. McKnight, interim superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030. 

 

November 18, 2021 - Board Meeting In Brief 

  • Finding a New Superintendent! With input from more than 5,000 Montgomery County stakeholders, the search firm for the new superintendent identified that the most important qualities stakeholders are interested in include accessibility, financial experience, culturally responsiveness,  and the professional and educational experience necessary to manage such a large school system. Stakeholders want a student-centered relationship builder that supports and respects principals, teachers, and staff. Learn more here.  
  • Boundaries & New Schools! Recommendations were approved for boundaries of the new Gaithersburg Cluster Elementary School #8 and the Bethesda, Somerset, and Westbrook elementary schools while a new boundary study was approved to determine the service area for Clarksburg Elementary School #9 in spring 2022, which will include Clarksburg, William B. Gibbs, Jr., Little Bennett, and Wilson Wims elementary schools.  
  • Budgeting for the Future! The Board of Education approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Capital Budget appropriation request totaling $551.289 million, an FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program request totaling $1.767 billion, the FY 2023 State Capital Improvements Program request in the amount of $229.45 million and the individual capital and noncapital items included in the Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2023 Capital Budget and the FY 2023–2028 Capital Improvements Program. 

More information can be found on the Board website: http://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/mcpsmd/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C8NJ374B2C27

 


December 2, 2021 - Board Meeting In Brief 

Electing our Leaders! Brenda Wolff was re-elected as president of the Board of Education. Karla Silvestre was re-elected as vice president of the Board of Education (Board). Read the Press Release HERE. The Board of Education also unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Scott Joftus as Board Member for District 3 to fill the vacancy left by the late Patricia O’Neill.

Supporting Students and Staff! The Board approved modifications to the 2021–2022 Traditional and Innovative School Year Calendars. Specifically, 3 full instructional days—1/12/22, 3/24/22, and 3/18/22—will now be early release days; 12/23/21, 12/27/21, 12/28/21, 12/29/21, 12/30/21, 4/13/22, and 4/14/22, will now be systemwide closure days; and in alignment with the federal Juneteenth holiday, 6/19/22, observed 6/20/22, will be a systemwide closure. Read the Press Release HERE. The Board took action to suspend Policy IDA, School Year Calendar, to allow for the 2022–2023 Traditional and Innovative School Year Calendars to go back to the Board’s Policy Management Committee (PMC). It will be reviewed at the December 9th PMC meeting and returning to the full Board at its January 13, 2022.

Money Matters! Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will work together with our community and county and state officials to support the school district’s budget and share of available funding. Because key revenue-related information will not be available from the state and local governments until the next several weeks which will drive the MCPS Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Operating Budget, today’s meeting was just a discussion. The Board will meet in February 2022, to tentatively adopt the FY 2023 Operating Budget, prior to it being transmitted to the county executive and the Montgomery County Council on March 1, 2022.

Policy Points! Maryland law requires local school boards to provide for restorative approaches to discipline and state in policy that their primary purpose is rehabilitative, restorative, and educational. The Board’s PMC draft amendments to Policy JGA, Student Discipline, on February 18, 2020, and October 21, 2021. The Board approved the proposed draft Board Policy JGA for tentative action and it will be sent out for public comment. Read Policy JGA