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BOE Meeting Preview: Tri-Cluster Roundtable and School Bus Parking in Rockville on Agenda

MCPS Board of Education May 2015Local parents might be interested in Tuesday’s Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) meeting agenda, which includes the Tri-Cluster Roundtable Group with the Gaithersburg, Magruder, and Wootton Clusters.

The Board is scheduled to discuss Interim Superintendent Larry Bower’s recommendations about the Tri-Cluster Roundtable. In an April 11th memo, Bowers responded to follow-up questions from Board members from a March 21 work session. Topics Bowers responded to included; engaging the County’s Spanish speaking community during the roundtable meetings, costs regarding putting an addition on Summit Hall Elementary School, and the impact of dividing Gaithersburg Elementary School into two separate facilities.

Kevin Karton, who created a petition against the relocation of 100 buses from the Shady Grove Bus Depot to the Carver Educational Services Center parking lot, is also listed to speak during  public comments section of the meeting.

The petition states: “We, the undersigned citizens of Montgomery County, MD, hereby petition the Montgomery County (MC) Council (the Council) and the MC Board of Education (the Board) to stop the currently proposed plan to relocate approximately 100 school buses to the Carver Educational Services Center Parking lot (Carver) at 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD and to seek an alternative interim location for these buses as part of its solution to the impending relocation of the Crabbs Branch Way (aka Jeremiah Park) School Bus Depot.”

Currently, the petition has 747 resident signatures. In the petition, residents raise concerns about increased traffic congestion, increased noise levels, and the increase of diesel fumes. For more information about the petition, visit the ipetition website.

And if you would like to watch tomorrow’s meeting from your office, it will be live streamed on the MCPS website. For more information about tomorrow’s agenda, visit the BOE website.

Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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