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 school 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 …
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 …
Friday, December 21, 2012
After a bill that would allow the student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education full voting rights failed last year, advocates said they are taking a break in pushing for the change.
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 newspaper reports. 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-Bethesda) said he believed the issues were "too complicated and burdensome" for students. Sen. Delores G. Kelley (D-Randallstown) said she felt the Senate would “rue the day” it voted to …
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?
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Photographers, volunteers and schoolchildren among 56 honorees.
- Ben Gross
Saturday, December 15, 2012
At the Dec. 4 26th annual “Keep Montgomery County Beautiful” community beautification award ceremony, organizers handed out 56 awards for municipal street plantings, community plantings, community landscape projects, outdoor projects at commercial and retail locations, outdoor projects at schools/government buildings/hospitals/churches, under-19 age groups, sustained maintenance, photographs of Montgomery County landmarks, adopt-a-road participants and forestry stewardship. The fifty-six award winners represent a number of areas in Montgomery County. Silver Spring/Colesville/ Wheaton/Takoma Park-area winners CITYSCAPE for municipal street plantings in median strips, near traffic ramps and next to sidewalks: Award of Excellence: Wheaton …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Licenses can now be obtained.
The Montgomery County Marriage License Office is accepting applications for same-sex marriage. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a proclamation enabling Maryland courthouses to issue the licenses last week so that same-sex couples could be legally wed as of Jan. 1, 2013, when the law recognizing same-sex marriage takes effect. “We got about 20 calls asking would we be taking marriage applications for same sex marriage, so I was expecting at least 10 of them to come in," Montgomery County Circuit Court clerk Loretta Knight told the Gazette recently. Knight said one woman was at the office when they opened at 8:30 a.m. the first day it was legal to apply, Dec. 6. However, those eager to wed at the courthouse in Rockville on the first day will have…
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…
The $2.2 billion budget adds teachers and targets middle school instruction.
A $2.2 billion county schools operating budget proposed Tuesday by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr increases spending to manage growing enrollment, seeks to address persistent achievement gaps and invests in a curriculum aimed at meeting new state and national standards. It also sets the school system up for yet another debate with the Montgomery County Council over spending on K-12 education. “This is a responsible budget that allows us to keep up with growing enrollment, while making strategic investments that will benefit our students today and in the future,” Starr said in a statement. “A budget is a reflection of our values and I know that Montgomery County understands the direct connections between the quality of our schools and …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Forum gives community members a chance to weigh in on the MCPS budget and strategic plan.
Community members have a chance to help shape the future of Montgomery County Public Schools as the county school board holds a “Community Conversation” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Attendees will engage in small group discussions about the values they think should guide the board as it updates the MCPS strategic plan and begins preparing its operating budget request for the 2013-2014 school year. Click here to register or call 301-279-3617. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The strategic plan, known as Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence, is the guiding document for the school system. “The strategic plan provides an accountability structure for measuring academic performance and operational …