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Boundary Analysis

 

On January 8, 2019, the Board of Education (Board) adopted a resolution asking the Superintendent to utilize external consultants to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of how existing school and cluster boundaries support or impede the effective use of school facilities in Montgomery County Public Schools. The Board is gathering input from the community regarding the scope of work for the consultants, the framework for the assessment of the district’s school and cluster boundaries, and how the consultants will focus their efforts and analysis. (Please note: No specific boundary recommendations are under consideration. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain feedback to inform the work of the consultants.)

In terms of the process, a Request for Proposals will be issued to select external consultants to conduct this analysis. The consultants’ review is not a boundary study for specific school assignment changes. The consultants will issue the final report of findings and options to the Board in spring 2020. Following receipt of the consultants’ analysis, the Board will determine any next steps. Any potential future process would continue to be based on the four factors established in Board Policy FAA, Educational Facilities Planning, for consideration in determining boundaries for student assignment. These four factors are: demographics of the student body population; geographic proximity of communities to schools; stability of assignments over time; and school capacity and enrollment.

 

 

MCPS Districtwide Boundary Analysis Timeline

(No specific boundary recommendations are under consideration as part of this process.)

January 2019  
Board of Education directs MCPS to hire an external consultant to conduct a districtwide school boundary analysis to better understand how existing school and cluster boundaries support or impede the effective use of school facilities in Montgomery County Public Schools.
March 2019–May 2019 MCPS holds community meetings at locations across the county to gather feedback for the development of the Request for Proposal to select a consultant. This feedback will focus on:
  • The scope of work for the consultants
  • The framework for the assessment of the district’s school and cluster boundaries
  • How the consultants will focus their efforts and analysis  
 
May 2019–June 2019 Request for Proposal finalized and submitted
Summer 2019 External consultant for the analysis selected.
Summer 2019–Winter 2020 Consultant performs analysis based on scope outlined in the Request for Proposal. Consultant seeks additional public feedback
Spring 2020 Consultant will issue the final report of findings and options to the Board.

Watch the Board of Education Boundary Assessment Discussion from March 7, 2019

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Read the Resolution

Boundary Assessment Study Given Revised Policy FAA, Educational Facilities Planning-Jan. 8, 2019


Dates of Upcoming Community Conversations
(all meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

April 4: Quince Orchard High School 15800 Quince Orchard Road Gaithersburg, MD 20878

April 10: John F. Kennedy High School 1901 Randolph Road Silver Spring, MD 20902

April 11: Earle B. Wood 14615 Bauer Drive Rockville, MD 20853

April 23: Walter Johnson High School 6400 Rock Spring Dr. Bethesda, MD 20814

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