Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Wheaton Patch highlights star bloggers in its Local Voices section.
Have you ever explored the Local Voices section on Wheaton Patch's home page? This week we highlight some of the fantastic blogs written there by community members. Greening Wheaton with Solar Power Ed Murtagh of GreenWheaton writes about how homeowners can help the environment (and save money) by taking advantage of solar renewable energy credits and solar power purchase agreements. WUDAC: Re-energize and re-engage with the community "As the new Chair of the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC), I am eager and excited about the opportunity to serve and make a difference in our community." Henriot St. Gerard writes about three ways that WUDAC wants to be working in Wheaton. Board of Education Members Installed Following the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Three members of the Montgomery County Board of Education--two re-elected and one newly elected--took their oath of office on Tuesday.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Arcola and Forest Knolls are among 12 schools included in a study slated to begin in January.
Montgomery County Public Schools will attempt to explore ways to address overcrowding problems in a new study of 12 elementary schools in the Downcounty Consortium. Arcola Elementary School and Forest Knolls Elementary School in Wheaton are two of four schools with the "most severe" space shortages, according to a report from MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr to the Board of Education. Arcola introduced portable classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year, angering the neighborhood's residents and the parents of students when the portables arrived to the school's front lawn over the summer. Starr's memo shows the gap between capacity and projected enrollment at Arcola: Arcola Elementary School opened in August 2007 with a capacity of 434 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The closest race is between Fred Evans and Rebecca Smondrowski in District 2, according to early voting numbers and unofficial Election Day numbers released by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m. The Montgomery County Board of Elections released the unofficial Election Day results in the Board of Education races. See the table below for numbers. Original post, 9:34 p.m. The Montgomery County Board of Elections released the unofficial results Tuesday night from early voting in the Board of Education races. Learn more about the Montgomery County Board of Education races and candidates, and stay tuned to Patch for updates when the official results are released. Here are the unofficial results from early voting: Here are the unofficial results from Election Day voting at 10:46 p.m. Tuesday:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Alison Serino will become principal of Westland Middle School.
A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Wheaton opened as a magnet arts school in 2005, with Alison Serino as principal. But Serino is moving on, and will take the helm at Westland Middle School in Bethesda, effective July 1. The Board of Education approved the administrative appointment at its meeting last week. Montgomery County Public Schools organized a meeting with parents Monday night to answer questions about the principal selection process. Read Serino's farewell letter to students, staff and parents.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Two Montgomery County delegates sponsored a bill to give full voting rights to student members of the Board of Education.
Student members of Montgomery County's Board of Education may soon be able to vote on measures along with their adult peers, thanks to a proposal in the Maryland General Assembly. What do you think? Should the student member have full voting rights on the Board of Education? Tell us in the comments. A bill by Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) and Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) would allow the student member to vote on most matters including those pertaining to collective bargaining, capital and operating budgets and school closings, openings and boundaries. (Read the bill here.) The bill passed the county delegation's house and senate committees, but still needs to be voted on by the full House and Senate. “I just think that the students have…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Barclay will serve as vice president.
Shirley Brandman was elected Montgomery County Board of Education president Wednesday, replacing Christopher Barclay, who will serve as vice president. The board voted unanimously for the two at its meeting, and their one-year terms begin immediately. Brandman, who also served as president in 2008, said she plans to work with the board and Superintendent Joshua Starr to ensure a quality education for all Montgomery students. "I am honored to serve as president of the board during this time of transition in the history of Montgomery County Public Schools," Brandman said in a statement. "... We must seize opportunities to strengthen our collaboration with the community and other elected officials as we face the ongoing challenges of limited …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The District 2 representative will leave after first term.
Board of Education member Laura Berthiaume will not seek re-election in 2012, the Parents' Coalition of Montgomery County reported. Berthiaume of Rockville, told the Gazette she wants to spend more time with her three children, which had been difficult to do along with her duties on the board. She represents District 2, which includes the Rockville, Richard Montgomery, Wootton, Winston Churchill and Northwest clusters. Berthiaume said Montgomery County Public Schools' recently approved school redistricting, which would reduce the size of District 2, did not factor into her decision. You can read more in the Gazette.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
School principals applaud Board of Education's decision after ten-month process.
The Montgomery County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-building modernization plan for Wheaton and Thomas Edison High Schools on Tuesday, an option community members and both principals have fought hard for since the feasibility process began last November. “We are very happy with the outcome,” said Kevin Lowndes, Wheaton High School principal. “This [message] was loud and clear during the feasibility study and community meetings.” Board members approved County Superintendent Joshua Starr’s recommendation after a brief presentation by Montgomery County Public Schools Facilities Management Director James Song, a facility advisory committee member. The presentation outlined cost differences as well as pros and cons of a one-…
Thursday, July 7, 2011
If approved, Crossway Montessori would become the first charter school in the county.
Crossway Montessori could be on track to becoming the first charter school in Montgomery County if the Board of Education votes favorably on the school's application today, during the Board's first meeting of new Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr's administration. Former superintendent Jerry Weast recommended the school, run by local non-profit Crossway Community, Inc., be approved by the Board of Education in late June. Crossway Montessori's first application, in the 2009-2010 school year, was rejected by the Board of Education. The State Board of Education ruled on an challenge to that decision that the Montgomery County Board of Education needed to show its work on why they rejected Crossway's application. The updated application gained …