March 9, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

Amid concerns that the requested operating budget for Montgomery County Public Schools will not be fully funded, Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers is reducing positions across the district for next school year.

   Bowers is holding back more than 370 school-based positions that...

March 2, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

If it is Monday… It must be a snow day.

   Another Sunday snow/ice storm has wreaked havoc with the Monday morning in the Germantown area.

   The storm which dumped snow a few inches of snow, before changing to sleet, freezing rain, and ice on the Germantown area has closed Mont...

February 25, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a contract to replace the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Germantown.

   In the consent agenda portion of the Monday evening business meeting, the Board approv...

February 23, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

Captain James E. Daly, Jr. Elementary School in Germantown serves one of the most impoverished communities in Montgomery County, but one teacher at the school is doing much more than teaching students, she is educating parents and creating a stronger community.

   Sara Rodriguez Kel...

February 23, 2015

Saturday's overachieving snowstorm in the Germantown and Montgomery County area combined with the great amount of refreezing of thawed snow and ice due to temperatures dropping well below freezing has forced Montgomery County Schools to call for a two-hour delay today, Monday, Feb. 23.

    MCPS will...

February 19, 2015

Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Friday, February 20 due to emergency weather conditions.

   Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Oth...

February 13, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

   Once the Board of Education put the bell-times issue to bed at Tuesday’s meeting, the Board awarded a number contracts for work to be done at Germantown area schools as part of its consent agenda.

   The Board approved a $1.5 million contract to Gaithersburg-based Interstate...

February 11, 2015

As outgoing Montgomery County Schools Joshua P. Starr was saying goodbye to staff, students, and parents the Board of Education took steps to begin the search for his replacement.

   At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the board officially launched the search for a new superintendent for Montgom...

February 11, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

Crime in the Germantown area increased 6.3 percent in 2014, which is the exact same percent increase in crime countywide, according the Montgomery County Police Department’s Annual Crime Report.

   While crime has increased 6.3 percent in the County, rapes, robberies, and burglaries...

February 10, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

It looks like Montgomery County Public Schools students will be able sleep a bit later starting next year, as the Board of Education has voted to push back school starting times by about 20 minutes.

   The well-publicized and much debated issue of changing school start times for MCP...

February 9, 2015

 

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

An online firm which ranks schools has ranked Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown the best in Montgomery County and 11th in the State of Maryland.

   Niche.com said of McNair Elementary, “It has 734 students in grades PK and K-5. According to state standards, 97 percent o...

February 3, 2015

By Kevin O’Rourke

 

It is unclear if he wanted to leave for greener pastures or if the Board of Education was unhappy with his leadership but essentially Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua P. Starr gave two weeks-notice that he is leaving his post in MCPS today at Board of Education H...

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