Skeptical Crowd Fills Two Rooms for Boundary Analysis Meeting

Boundary meeting at Walter Johnson High.

Montgomery County Public Schools had its largest boundary analysis meeting yet on Thursday night at Walter Johnson High School. A spokesperson for MCPS told MyMCMedia that about 650 people showed up to the meeting.

There were so many people, that the group was split up into two rooms so that two boundary meetings were happening at the same time. One large group met in Walter Johnson’s gymnasium, the other group met in the cafeteria.

Like previous meetings, attendees were put in small groups and they heard from leaders of WXY Architecture, the contractors conducting the MCPS Boundary Analysis Study. Throughout the evening, people sat in small groups and were given opportunities to talk amongst themselves.

At the end of the meeting, attendees were polled about the information they learned that evening. The results of the polls indicate that many parents are still skeptical about MCPS’ boundary study.

In the gymnasium, 44% of people said that they were still skeptical about the information that was presented that evening. In the cafeteria, this was also the most common answer, receiving 61% of the votes.

When polled about their view on undertaking a boundary study, in the gymnasium the most common answer, receiving 49% of the votes was “I am still skeptical of this process and wonder whether it needs to be done at this time.” This was also the most popular choice for the large group in the cafeteria, receiving 68% of the votes.

The final polling question asked attendees to rate on a 1 to 10 scale whether they agreed their concerns were adequately heard: in the gymnasium 30% voted “1,” meaning they didn’t agree at all.

This meeting was the last in a series of meetings MCPS organized about the boundary meeting as a part of the first phase of the analysis. The project will soon enter its second phase, and WXY Architecture will start testing ideas and metrics.

Tweet Recap of Walter Johnson Boundary Meeting

Here’s are some Tweets that recap what happened at Thursday night’s meeting:

 

(Correction: The tweet above should say “feel heard” instead of “fee heard.” It should also say 57% instead of 58%.)

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Parents Raise Concerns at MCPS Boundary Study Meeting

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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2 Responses to “Skeptical Crowd Fills Two Rooms for Boundary Analysis Meeting”

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    On January 24, 2020 at 9:18 am responded with... #

    A shame that so much misinformation is out there. Boundary changes happen all the time as demographics change, and this study will provide a lot of important data so that the county can make informed decisions.

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    On January 24, 2020 at 9:20 am responded with... #

    Its a shame there is so much misinformation out there. All this will do is provide important data for the county to consider for future boundary analysis, which happen all the time as demographics across the county change. So long as the data is accurate, this will only improve education across all groups!

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