Monday, May 14, 2012
A small change in the building design made late in the process is under dispute.
Seven worksessions over the last four months will culminate Tuesday night in a presentation and discussion with the community about the schematic designs for the Thomas Edison High School of Technology modernization. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at the high school in Room 2206, starting at 7 p.m. Designs for the modernization of Wheaton High School will also be shown. The design committee includes community members, Montgomery County Public Schools representatives and Grimm and Parker Architects. Theresa Defino, an Edison parent, is one of the committee members representing the high school. In an email to the Board of Education that was posted on the Parents Coalition blog on Friday, Defino called attention …
Friday, March 30, 2012
The modernization project for the two high schools in Wheaton is back on track, but still subject to final budget decisions in May.
The Montgomery County Council unanimously supported keeping the Wheaton High School and the Thomas Edison High School of Technology modernization on track in a straw vote during Tuesday’s council meeting. The council’s vote is the latest swing in a series of back-and-forths for the modernization project in the county’s CIP budget. The Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent, Joshua Starr, cut the project from the school budget, but the Board of Education responded by voting unanimously to keep it on track -- even cutting or delaying other projects to keep Wheaton/Edison on schedule. Then County Executive Isiah Leggett delayed the project once more in his CIP budget recommendations. But the council’s education committee, in a March …
Monday, March 19, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Education supports the modernization project as a high priority.
The Montgomery County Council’s education committee has supported the inclusion of the Wheaton/Edison high schools modernization project in the county CIP, but backed off from regarding it as a clear priority, qualifying that it must still compete with other projects for funding. Although County Executive Isiah Leggett recommended a one-year deferral for the project, the Board of Education unanimously called for completion by FY2015 for Wheaton High School and by FY2017 for Thomas Edison High School of Technology. In order to fund the Board of Education’s recommendations, the council would need to approve an additional $8 million in FY2013 and nearly $24 million in FY2014. The county council staff recommended that “the Education Committee …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The annual competition gives students at the technical high school a chance to demonstrate the skills they have learned and build new ones.
On Wednesday, students from Thomas Edison High School of Technology competed in the regional round of the SkillsUSA challenge. The application-only, skills-focused high school in Wheaton has hosted the regional competition for the past five years, and volunteers from the community act as judges. Winning teams and individual students advance to the state competition in May, and perhaps beyond that to nationals in June. Last year, three Thomas Edison students advanced to nationals. Here is a list of the final results from Wednesday: Place 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 1 1 2 3 1 3 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 1
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Students from the technology-focused high school in Wheaton will compete in more than 25 categories.
Chicken stuffed with ricotta and spinach, rice pilaf, green beans, and bread pudding. That’s what’s on the menu for Wednesday’s culinary arts competition at Thomas Edison High School of Technology. Culinary arts is one of more than 25 categories in the Skills USA regional challenge. Students from Montgomery County and Prince George’s County high schools (Damascus, Bladensburg, Laurel, Crossland and Suitland) will compete against Thomas Edison students in nine of these categories. “It gives students an opportunity to see what they’ve learned and develop new skills,” said Amy Johnson, Thomas Edison’s internship coordinator. Johnson organizes the regional Skills USA competition each year. Students face off in competitions that fall into two…