MCPS Plans Public Meetings on Germantown-Area High Schools Boundary Study
Montgomery County Public Schools has scheduled three public meetings to address questions and disseminate information regarding the Boundary Study which will be conducted to determine the boundaries of Northwest, Seneca Valley and Clarksburg high schools and Germantown-area middle schools once construction of the new Seneca Valley High School is completed in the fall of 2020.
As construction continues on the new Seneca Valley High School, which is being expanded to upgrade the school and ease overcrowding at both Northwest High School and Clarksburg High School, the Board of Education has approved a Boundary Study to be conducted to determine which Germantown area students will attend each school in the future.
The first meeting is planned for Monday, Jan. 14 in the auditorium at Northwest High School. Another meeting will follow on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Seneca Valley High School, and the last on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Clarksburg High School. All three meeting will last two hours, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The same information will be presented at each meeting, and the Spanish and Chinese interpretation will be provided at the meetings.
In November the Board of Education approved the boundary study to explore options to reassign students from Clarksburg and Northwest high schools to Seneca Valley High School as part of the FY 2019 Capital Budget and the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program.
The Boundary Study will also include Roberto W. Clemente Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Kingsview Middle School to evaluate the enrollment patterns and utilization of these schools.
In a memo to the Board of Education, MCPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jack R. Smith wrote, “Student enrollment is projected to increase at Clarksburg and Northwest high schools through the six-year planning period and beyond. Although an addition opened at Clarksburg High School in 2015, student enrollment continues to grow and will exceed capacity by more than 800 students by the end of the six-year planning period. Although two additions were constructed in 2001 and 2006 at Northwest High School to accommodate growth at the school, student enrollment continued to increase, and projections indicate that student enrollment will exceed capacity by approximately 700 students by the end of the six-year planning period.”
The new Seneca Valley High School will be completed in fall of 2020 with a capacity of 2,581 students. According to Smith, “The enrollment at Seneca Valley High School is projected to be 1,301 students by the end of the six-year planning period. With a capacity of 2,581 seats, there will be approximately 1,280 seats available to accommodate students from Clarksburg and Northwest high schools when the project is complete.”
According to the Board of Education resolution, the Boundary Study will be completed by Dr. Smith in the winter of 2019 and a report will be forwarded to the Board of Education by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Captions: The new Seneca Valley High School construction is proceeding and is slated to be completed by the fall of 2020.