Jill Ortman-Fouse

August 6, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

To Fight STDs, Condoms to Be Offered in Some High Schools

Health centers in Montgomery County high schools will be offering condoms to counteract the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases seen in a decade, the county Health Department announced Monday morning. The condoms are part of a prevention, education and treatment strategy, said Mary Anderson, a department spokeswoman. Chlamydia cases rose by 17.5 percent from […]

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April 12, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

New Rockville Elementary School Named

At a recent meeting, the Montgomery County Board of Education selected a name for Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5. The Board voted to name the new school after Bayard Rustin, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and a gay rights activist. This name however, was not the first choice selected by the school’s naming […]

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April 9, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

MCPS Will Seek Public Input Before Moving with New Curriculum

Montgomery County Public Schools will seek out input from parents and school system employees before it drafts a request for proposals for a new elementary school curriculum. “We want some feedback from the community,” MCPS spokesman Derek Turner said. That feedback, he said, would ensure “we’re getting the right product for our community.” In the […]

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February 25, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Ortman-Fouse to Use Public Election Fund

School board member Jill Ortman-Fouse, who on Friday announced she was giving up that seat to run for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council, said she planned to use the public election fund to finance her campaign. “I do believe I have a pretty large network of people who have seen my work. […]

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February 23, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Ortman-Fouse Says She’s Seeking Council Seat

Jill Ortman-Fouse, who was seeking her first re-election to the Montgomery County Board of Education, has decided to forgo that seat, endorse the man who was seeking to challenge her and run instead for an at-large seat for County Council. Ortman-Fouse made the announcement on Facebook on Friday. “I know there are about 30 candidates […]

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September 6, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Advice for Students From Montgomery County School Board Members (VIDEO)

The first day of school is often the most memorable. For some students, it’s the start of a new educational journey. And for other students, it’s a day filled with anticipation as they begin to count down the days until graduation to embark on their next venture. “There’s nothing quite like the first day of […]

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April 5, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Maryland Public School Sports Association Changes Head Covering Rule (VIDEO)

After some controversy and some support from the community and the Montgomery County Board of Education, the Maryland Public Secondary Athletic Association changed a rule that required student athletes to provide special documentation for wearing head coverings during sporting events. This change comes after referees refused to let Je’Nan Hayes, student at Watkins Mill High […]

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February 6, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Maryland Comptroller Discusses Upgrades to School’s Heating and Cooling System (VIDEO)

Upgrades are coming to some Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) which is why Maryland’s Comptroller Peter Franchot joined MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, Board of Education At-large Member Jill Ortman-Fouse, and other school leaders for a tour of Silver Spring International Middle School early Monday. Franchot is one of three members that sits on Maryland’s […]

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October 11, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Student Population Changes in Montgomery Public Schools (VIDEO)

Enrollment in Montgomery County Public County Public Schools (MCPS)  is expected to reach a record-high of 159,242 students this school year, according to a new report by James Song, director of facilities management for MCPS.  This report was presented to the Board of Education at a recent meeting, and it highlighted how school enrollment is surpassing school capacity. […]

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October 11, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Montgomery County Board of Education Seeking Waiver to Start School Before Labor Day

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a resolution to ask the state of Maryland for a waiver to start school next year before Labor Day. If the waiver is approved, the 2017-2018 school calendar will begin on Aug. 28 and conclude by June 15. Back in August, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an […]

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