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Board of EducationMeetings → October 11, 2011

Board of Education Meeting: October 11, 2011

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Acknowledgement of a Quroum
Approval of the Agenda; American Indian Heritage Month and Day; Montgomery County Public Schools Charity Campaign; National School Bus Safety Week

The Board of Education passed the following:

Public Comments
Board/Superintendent Comments
Update on Enrollment and Capital Improvements Program

The Board of Education heard a report and discussed the FY 2012 enrollment in Montgomery County Public Schools and future enrollment and demographic trends for the county and the school district.

MCPS enrollment this school year is about 146,600 students, an increase of approximately 2,500 students from 2010-2011. Since 2007, total enrollment has increased in MCPS by more than 8,600 students.

Much of this growth has occurred in earlier grades, leading to capacity shortages in many elementary schools. However, growth is occurring—and will continue—in secondary schools as well.

An ambitious effort is needed to address a wide range of current and projected capacity shortages. The upcoming Fiscal Year 2013–2018 Capital Improvements Program will contain Superintendent Joshua Starr's recommendations for the coming six years and will be released on October 28, 2011.

Read the Board Memo

Presentation of Facilities Assessment with Criteria and Testing Report (School Modernizations)

The Board heard a report from the Facilities Assessment with Criteria and Testing (FACT) Committee, which is comprised of stakeholders from inside and outside Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The FACT assessment is the methodology used to rank schools for modernization.

The Board will take further action on the FACT report at a later meeting. Read the Board Memo

Consent Items

The Board took action on the following items:

Office of Human Resources and Development Monthly Report
Final Approval of the Comprehensive Master Plan

The Board discussed and gave final approval to the 2011-2012 Montgomery County Public Schools Comprehensive Master Plan, which is required by state law. The master plan is based on information in the MCPS Strategic Plan, Our Call to Action, and the annual report on the strategic plan.

The comprehensive plan describes the goals, objectives, and strategies that the district is using to improve student achievement and meet Maryland's performance goals. State law also requires school systems to integrate state, federal, and local funding into their master plans.

The annual review of the Comprehensive Master Plan requires all 24 Maryland school systems to update the Maryland State Department of Education on compliance with provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law and the effectiveness of federal grant programs.

Read the Board Memo and the Comprehensive Plan

Final Action of World Languages Curriculum Framework

The Board gave final approval to a new World Languages Curriculum Framework, which outlines learning expectations for students participating in courses that provide direct instruction in a world language.

A draft of the framework was tentatively approved by the Board in July and made available for feedback from the public. Feedback was received from nearly 100 people.

Read the Board Memo and See the Framework

Board of Education Policies

The Board took the following action on policies:

Board of Education Items
Items of Information