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Board of Education Receives Update on Phase III of the Continuity of Learning Plan; Discusses the Recovery Education Plan; Approves a Time Extension on the Districtwide Boundary Analysis; and Discusses the FY 2021 Operating Budget
The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) conducted a virtual business meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2020. All Board members participated remotely, given the current health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The Board received an update on Phase III of the Continuity of Learning Plan; discussed the recovery education plan; approved a time extension on the districtwide boundary analysis; and discussed the FY 2021 Operating Budget.
The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website.
Watch the recording of the May 28, 2020, meeting.
Update on Phase III of the Continuity of Learning Plan
After a brief introduction by Dr. Jack Smith, superintendent of schools, the Board was presented with a review from staff members of each of the phases implemented to date including: Phase I, in which technology was provided to students, student logins were tracked and teachers and schools contacted students; Phase II, during which outreach and case management action plans were implemented to address student needs; and Phase III, the current phase being implemented. Phase III includes analyzing the quality and quantity of student engagement. Staff members expounded on Phase III and shared information about:
View the Power Point presentation.
Recovery of Education Plan
The Board received a review from Dr. Smith of the good work of MCPS staff members throughout the crisis and the districtwide commitment to continued improvement in the delivery of online instruction.. After this introduction, staff members outlined for the Board several components to the recovery plan, which include:
Districtwide Boundary Analysis Extension
Board and staff members discussed the current status of the districtwide boundary analysis and the impact of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order on community engagement and progress on the work. In light of these circumstances, the superintendent recommended “that the Board extend the time frame for issuing the final report and for the continued work on this analysis.” It was also noted that there are no additional funds allocated to this work beyond what the Board has already approved and it is anticipated that no additional funds will be required for the work ahead.
Discussion also included the expectations for the final report, its interpretation and analysis and the continued commitment to engage the community throughout this process; the importance of considering walkability and adjacency in future discussions, as well as all four factors listed in Policy FAA, Educational Facilities Planning.
The Board approved the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Board of Education authorizes the superintendent of schools to delay the production and release of the final report of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis, with an anticipated target release date of December 1, 2020; and be it further
Resolved, That the Board of Education expects the superintendent of schools to conduct the final phase of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis within the new operational and educational context resulting from the experience and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that this context be reflected in the final report; and be it further
Resolved, That this delay in the project timeline be communicated to stakeholders and the broader Montgomery County Public Schools community, with the understanding that community engagement will resume within the parameters of social distancing and other public health requirements that are in place throughout the remainder of the project time line.
Read the memorandum and full resolution.
Update on FY 2021 Operating Budget
Dr. Smith presented to the Board an overview of the FY 2021 Operating Budget process to date, the status, challenges and potential changes. The presentation and discussion included, in part:
Human Resources Appointments
The Board approved the following administrative appointments:
Jeanette Lee, currently assistant to the associate superintendent, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, as legal director, schools and operations, Office of the General Counsel
Mark A. Brown Jr., currently assistant principal, James Hubert Blake High School, as principal, Albert Einstein High School
Joshua S. Fine, currently principal intern, College Gardens Elementary School, as principal, Flower Hill Elementary School
Kimberly A. Henriquez, currently principal intern, Watkins Mill Elementary School, as principal, Rock Creek Valley Elementary School
The Board approved the resolution recognizing the Montgomery County Public Schools Counselor of the Year award winners.
The Board approved the resolution recognizing the Superintendent’s Annual Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award winner.
The Board also approved the resolution honoring the late Odessa Shannon.
Facilities and School Construction
The Board approved the preliminary plans report for the new Clarksburg Cluster Elementary School #9 project developed by Grimm + Parker Architecture, Inc.
Read the Board’s resolution.
The Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The agenda and the format of this meeting will be determined at a later date, given the current COVID-19 crisis. 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: Mrs. Shebra Evans, president; Ms. Brenda Wolff, vice president. Members: Ms. Jeanette E. Dixon, Dr. Judith Docca, Mrs. Patricia O’Neill, Ms. Karla Silvestre, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Mr. Nathaniel Tinbite, student member. Dr. Jack R. Smith, superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030.
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