School Notes: New Income Guidelines Released for FARMS Eligibility

School Notes: New Income Guidelines Released for FARMS Eligibility

Plus: Class of 2018 has surpassed last year's grads in scholarship funding; MCPS launches new website

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State education officials have released new eligibility guidelines for students to receive free and reduced-price meals.

Students qualify based on the size of their family and their household income. For example, the guidelines state that a child in a family of four can qualify for free meals at school if the household’s annual income is less than $32,630. The child is eligible for reduced-price meals for household incomes of up to $46,435.

The guidelines cover the period from July 1 through June 30, 2019.

During the 2017-2018 school year, more than 35 percent of Montgomery County Public Schools students participated in the free and reduced-price meals system.

In coming months, MCPS is offering children free meals to fill the void during summer break. The school system is expecting about 10,000 students will eat meals at more than 100 locations, according to a news release. The summer food service program offered students more than 420,000 meals last year.

Of the 100 meal sites, there are 12 walk-in locations: Fairland, Harmony Hills, Lake Seneca, Montgomery Knolls and Viers Mill elementary schools; Col. E. Brooke Lee, Francis Scott Key and Forest Oak middle schools; John F. Kennedy High School; Germantown Library; Middlebrook Mobile Home Park; and TESS Community Services Center.

More information about the meals program is available online.

MCPS graduates net more than $360 million in scholarship funding

This year’s graduates from Montgomery County Public Schools have claimed more than $364 million in college scholarships so far, according to the school system.

That puts the Class of 2018 about $14 million ahead of last year’s graduates when it comes to scholarship funding, and MCPS expects that total to continue growing in the next few weeks.

“Our graduates have worked hard, performed at high levels and are very deserving of these scholarships,” Superintendent Jack Smith said in a prepared statement. “We are proud of them and look forward to hearing about their continued success in college and careers.”

MCPS reported that 10 of this year’s graduates have received full-tuition scholarships from the Posse Foundation, and 153 were named National Merit semifinalists. Of those, 41 have so far been awarded scholarships, and more recipients will be announced in July.

School district’s website gets new look

The school system last week unveiled its website redesign, freshening up its look and improving the experience for mobile and tablet users.

MCPS wants to know what its online visitors think of the overhaul and is gathering input through an online survey

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