December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Renovations at South Lake Elementary Expected to be Completed by Fall of 2023

Renovations to South Lake Elementary School in Gaithersburg will no longer be postponed and instead are expected to be completed by September of 2023, following a unanimous county council vote Dec. 1. The council allocated $5,853,000 from general obligation bonds for site improvements and utility construction at the overcrowded school. Councilmember Craig Rice praised the action, […]

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December 1, 2020 | Staff Writer

Newly Elected, Re-Elected Board of Education Members Sworn In

The Montgomery County Board of Education held an outdoor swearing in ceremony for the three recently elected members. Newly elected member of the BOE Lynne Harris (At-Large) and re-elected members Shebra L. Evans (District 4) and Rebecca Smondrowski (District 2) was sworn in on Tuesday outside of the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. MCPS-TV […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

In Response to Pandemic, County Approves Funds to Improve Ventilation in Schools

Montgomery County Council unanimously agreed to spend $3 million to update the HVAC systems in the public schools so that when students do return to the classrooms, their rooms will be better ventilated. In response to the pandemic, the council agreed to fund enhancements to Montgomery County Public Schools’ HVAC system to reduce the airborne […]

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December 1, 2020 | Charles Nyonga

Task Force Arrests Dozens of DUI Offenders During Thanksgiving Weekend

Montgomery County Police said that the Holiday Alcohol Task Force arrested 42 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The arrests were made explicitly by the task force as opposed to routine stops by patrol officers. The overall numbers may be higher. The Holiday Alcohol Task […]

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November 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

MCPS Offering Thanksgiving Meal Boxes with Four Days’ Worth of Food for Those 18 and Under

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is distributing meal boxes for Thanksgiving. This year, they are providing four days’ worth of food in the boxes, which will be available at all the MCPS meal distribution sites starting on Wednesday. All children 18 years-old and under are welcome. MCPS officials say each box will offer something extra […]

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November 20, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Gayles Asks Private Schools to Consider Return to All-Virtual Instruction

On Thursday, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles asked private schools to consider a return to fully-virtual instruction. In a letter, Gayles said a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the county will make it hard to maintain the current low rate of transmission in schools. He also cited that as of Tuesday, the […]

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November 19, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

After 30 Years as Teacher, Principal, Board of Education Member, Dixon Looks Back, Ahead

After 30 years as a teacher and principal at Montgomery County Public Schools and then four years as a member of the Board of Education (BOE), Jeanette Dixon is moving on. She spoke with Montgomery Community Media about her time on the board and her years in education. Dixon is proud of her service but […]

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November 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Continues Push to Create More Affordable Childcare Spots

In the first year of a four-year Montgomery County Early Care and Education Initiative, an additional 500 family home care spaces were created, the Upcounty Early Childhood Center at Emory Grove in Gaithersburg opened and the number of Pre-K classes expanded. Some of the initiative’s goals in its second year include opening more childcare spots […]

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November 17, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

photo of school children and school resource office in school hallway

Bill Introduced to Remove Police Officers from MCPS Schools Has Sparse Support

Councilmembers Will Jawando and Hans Riemer introduced a bill Nov. 17 to eliminate the school resource officers program and instead use the money to hire school counselors and pay for after-school activities and mental health-oriented programs. A public hearing to eliminate police officers in the school is set for Jan. 12, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. […]

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November 17, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Special Ed Students, Seniors, Juniors Would Be First to Return to In-Person Learning

Montgomery County Public Schools officials say they’ve had discussions regarding which students could be among the first to return to in-person learning when phases begin. If health metrics are met, MCPS officials say the district will start to bring some students back for in-person instruction beginning January 12, 2021. Students in specific special education and Career […]

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