PROVIDE FEEDBACK REGARDING SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANTS' COUNTYWIDE BOUNDARY ASSESSMENT
January 8, 2019, the Board of Education (Board) adopted a resolution asking the
Superintendent to utilize external consultants to conduct an in-depth review
and analysis of how existing school and cluster boundaries support or impede
the effective use of school facilities in Montgomery County Public
Schools. The Board held a hearing on March 7, 2019, starting at 6:00 p.m., to obtain community
input regarding the scope of work for the consultants, the framework for the
assessment of the district’s school and cluster boundaries, and how the
consultants will focus their efforts and analysis. (Please
note: No specific boundary recommendations are under consideration. The purpose of the hearing was to obtain
feedback to inform the work of the consultants.)
In terms of the
process, a Request for Proposals will be issued to select external consultants
to conduct this analysis. The consultants’ review is not a boundary study for
specific school assignment changes. The consultants will issue the final report
of findings and options to the Board in spring 2020. Following receipt of the
consultants’ analysis, the Board will determine any next steps. Any potential future process would continue
to be based on the four factors established in Board Policy FAA, Educational Facilities Planning, for
consideration in determining boundaries for student assignment. These four
factors are: demographics of the student
body population; geographic proximity of communities to schools; stability of
assignments over time; and school capacity and enrollment.
the March 7, 2019, hearing, the Board obtained community input into
the scope of the consultants’ work, and offered the following questions for
1. As a resident and/or parent, what
issues are important to you to include in a review and analysis of school and
2. If you could advise the consultants
who will be conducting the MCPS boundary analysis, what would you tell the
consultants are the greatest concerns among parents about the current
3. What do you want to learn from the
An agenda with speakers and testimonies was posted online on the day of
the hearing. Please check the Board’s website at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/.
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Board of Education schedules public hearings on issues it determines to be of
widespread interest and concern. A quorum of the Board is not required to be
present for a hearing to be conducted. In addition to special public hearings,
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proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and school boundaries. Hearings for
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