Rachel Carson E.S. PTA Sets Meeting to Discuss School Capacity
The Rachel Carson Elementary School PTA has a meeting planned for Nov. 5 and top on the discussion list likely will be a recently-released proposal from Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr that names redistricting as a possible solution to crowding issues at the Gaithersburg school.
RCES PTA President Angelo Whitten told MyMCMedia Tuesday that the PTA realizes that redistricting is always an option the school system has to deal with overcrowding. But, he said the recommendations released Tuesday by Starr will likely be the focus of much of the discussion in the meeting at 7 p.m. at the school.
As part of a $220.8 million funding request to be added to the six-year school construction budget, Rachel Carson would get a feasibility study to look at how to deal with crowding at the school. Rachel Carson is said to be more than 300 students over capacity this year. The school uses 11 relocatable classrooms to cope with the over-enrollment.
But, those portable classrooms have taken over a huge part of the school’s playground. In fact, an online petition, a calls for Gaithersburg City and MCPS officials to make some short-term and long term changes to alleviate the crowding at the school. The petition cites safety concerns, early lunch times and inadequate play space. It has just over 200 signatures.
Starr’s request says that the RCES site is not “a viable location for an expansion project” so he is looking to explore additions to Jones Lane Elementary School in Darnestown and DuFief Elementary School in Gaithersburg to alleviate the crowding at RCES.
Rachel Carson Principal Lawrence Chep was not immediately available for comment.
One Gaithersburg elementary school community is so concerned about overcrowding at the school it is making an unusual request to the county to allow developers nearby to submit plans that call for more housing to be built there. The petition being circulated by the Rachel Carson Elementary Capacity discussion group, including members of the school’s PTA, actually […]
Parents packed into the Rachel Carson Elementary School media room Wednesday to try to figure out what to do about the school’s persistent overcrowding issue. Tops on the list for the school’s Parent Teacher Association is having the county look into building a new school within the Lakelands community in Gaithersburg as well as taking […]
The capacity of Rachel Carson Elementary School was the topic of a PTA meeting on Nov. 5 at the Gaithersburg school. Dozens of parents attended the standing-room only meeting and there were some elected leaders in the crowd, too. A PTA representative described the school as one of the most overcrowded in Montgomery County. Follow […]
The Montgomery County Board of Education is expected to meet on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. to talk about Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recommendation that $220.8 million be added to the district’s current six-year school construction plan in order to address significant space needs in the school system. The proposed amendments would increase […]
The Rachel Carson Elementary School PTA has a meeting planned for Nov. 5 and top on the discussion list likely will be a recently-released proposal from Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr that names redistricting as a possible solution to crowding issues at the Gaithersburg school. RCES PTA President Angelo Whitten told MyMCMedia Tuesday that the PTA […]