Sunday, May 12, 2013
The Montgomery County Board of Education meets regularly in Rockville.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will approve a bevy of school building improvements at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m. in Rockville. Projects at Judith A. Resnik, Sequoyah, Summit Hall, Arcola and Rosemary Hills Elementary Schools are on the agenda. (To see the full agenda, click on the PDF above.)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"Students are the largest stakeholders, but we are noticeably underrepresented in making critical decisions in the schools system," said Justin Kim, 18, of Gaithersburg.
Meet Justin Kim, junior at Poolesville High and an 18-year-old Gaithersburg native who will serve as student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education next year. Kim was elected to the position with 65 percent of the student vote, Montgomery County Public Schools announced April 26. All secondary students in the system were eligible to participate in the election. Patch spoke to Kim about what he hopes to achieve during his term and the challenges the school system faces. Patch: Why did you want to become a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education? Justin Kim: I’ve always had a passion for service and working with others towards a common goal. Throughout my life, I am always looking for new ways to help others and …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The school system will conduct a search to replace Rockville High School Principal Debra S. Munk, an MCPS spokesman said.
Rockville High School principal Debra S. Munk will leave be leaving the Rams to train fledgling Montgomery County public school principals. Her appointment as a “consulting principal” for the Department of Professional Growth System was made during the board of education meeting Tuesday. The job takes effect July 1. MCPS Spokesman Dana Tofig said the school system would be conducting a principal search for Munk’s replacement. A position usually held by veteran principals, a consulting principal works with new and underperforming principals to help improve performance and student outcomes, Tofig said. At the end of the three-year assignment, Tofig said, Munk would probably be placed in another position within the district. The news comes …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Get caught up on headlines you might've missed in Montgomery County.
With more than a dozen websites across Montgomery County, Patch brings you news from every corner of our community. Catch up on headlines you might have missed this week, including a burglary ring uncovered, national signing day, life sentence for a stabbing death and more. Rockville Woman Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Drug Test Results in Bribery Scheme ROCKVILLE—A Rockville woman pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to falsify results of court-ordered drug tests in exchange for bribes and then lying about it to a federal grand jury. Read more on Rockville Patch. 6 Charged in North Potomac Burglary Heists NORTH POTOMAC—Six males were charged in a North Potomac burglary ring that netted more than $100,000 worth of goods from 30 …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The hearing on Superintendent Starr's $2.2 billion plan will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Montgomery County Board of Education will hold a public hearing Thursday on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s $2.2 billion operating budget request for the 2013-2014 school year. The hearing, the first of two before the board, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center, at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The hearing also will be broadcast live on the web and on MCPS TV (Comcast channel 34, Verizon FIOS channel 36, and RCN channel 88). A second hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Carver Center. Click here for more information, including how to testify. The proposed spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1, is a $48.95 million increase (2.3 percent) over the current budget. Starr’s plan aims…
If the Montgomery County Council approves the request, all 132 elementary campuses could receive the upgrade by July.
Montgomery County parents may rest a little easier after the county school board voted Tuesday to speed up spending to increase security at Montgomery County elementary schools. The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously to request an additional $364,000 to place video intercom systems at the entrance of every county elementary school. If the Montgomery County Council approves the request, all 132 elementary campuses could receive the upgrade by July, the Washington Examiner reported. Passage by the County Council is likely. On Monday, Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring and Education Committee Chair Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring sent a letter to school board President Christopher …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
New bill could allow for up to 25 percent ownership.
Officials in Montgomery County are working on a bill that would allow money from the Economic Development Fund to be used to acquire up to 25 percent ownership in businesses that are "starting, growing or relocating in Montgomery County," according to a recent story in The Washington Post. Currently, Montgomery County can only invest in companies that agree to add a particular number of jobs and lease a certain amount of space. Montgomery County's economic development chief Steve Silverman told the Post that the bill "would allow us to get a greater return on our investments by asking companies for a small piece of the action." House Bill 891, put forth during the 2010 Maryland General Assembly, set the groundwork for the potential …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Advocates say they are taking a break after the bill failed again in 2012.
Advocates of full voting rights for student members of the Montgomery County Board of Education announced that they would take a two-year break from pursuing the issue in the Maryland General Assembly, The Gazette reported. A bill that would amend the student member's rights to include a vote on collective bargaining, capital and operating budgets and school closings, openings and boundaries cleared the House last March before being stalled in the state Senate, Patch reported. Last year, one of the proposal's opponents, Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda said he believed the issues were "too complicated and burdensome" for students. Sen. Delores G. Kelley (D-Dist. 10) of Randallstown said she felt the Senate would “rue the day…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The world could end Dec. 21 if the Mayan calendar is correct.
If the Mayans are right, the world is supposed to end Dec. 21. Though many scholars have debunked the end of the world myth, across the DMV, people are throwing parties to celebrate. So we want to know, if Friday is your last day on Earth, what would you do to make it special? What's on your doomsday bucket list?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Superintendent remains confident that he can win over the County Council.
Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $2.2 billion fiscal 2014 budget for Montgomery County schools could face a familiar challenge—how to comply with a state law on school funding minimums while winning approval from a County Council determined to rein in spending on schools. Starr's spending plan, unveiled Tuesday, is $10 million—less than half a percent—above the funding floor mandated by the state’s maintenance of effort law, which requires counties’ per-pupil spending to remain the same or increase from year to year. But the half percent increase could have major implications. County school budgets that dip below the funding level can have the difference withheld by the state comptroller when passing through income tax revenues to…