Parents Raise Concerns at MCPS Boundary Study Meeting

More than 250 people attended Montgomery County Public Schools’ boundary analysis meeting at Northwest High School in Germantown on Tuesday.

The project, led by contractors from WXY Architecture, is currently in its initial phase, which consists of gathering public opinion. MCPS officials say the analysis is intended to examine the school system’s current boundaries and gain an understanding of how the boundaries can be refined to prevent overcrowding.

In June, WXY Architecture will submit a report about the boundary analysis study to the Board of Education. During the meeting, attendees were receptive to MCPS and WXY officials, but at times things got heated.

Many parents are skeptical about the data MCPS is collecting and fear the possibility of their children switching schools. However, MCPS officials insist that the result of the study is meant for analysis, not to make recommendations about the current school boundaries.

More than half of the people attending the meeting were from the southwest and northwest parts of Montgomery County near Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Poolesville, Germantown, Dickerson, and Boyds.

At the end of the meeting, attendees were polled and only 5% of people said that they learned a great deal about the current challenges MCPS faces. 58% of attendees said they were still skeptical about the boundary analysis.

There’s one more boundary analysis meeting coming up on Jan. 23 at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.

Once the project enters its second phase, WXY Architecture will start testing ideas and metrics.

Tweet Recap of Northwest Boundary Study Meeting

Here’s a play-by-play of the Northeest High School Boundary Analysis Study meeting in tweet form.

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