Public Hearing Planned for School Boundary Analysis

Public Hearing Planned for School Boundary Analysis

November meeting to gather community feedback

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Montgomery County Public Schools plans to hold a public hearing in November to gather feedback from the community about the ongoing countywide school boundary analysis.

the public hearing is to be held on Nov. 18, according to a proposed school board resolution to be introduced on Monday. The resolution does not specify where the meeting will be held, but most school board-led public hearings are held at the school district’s headquarters in Rockville.

The resolution says that because there are many issues that will require public hearings this fall — about school-level boundary studies and the MCPS capital improvements plan, particularly — it is important for the school system to make clear the meeting is for the districtwide boundary analysis.

MCPS this year hosted a series of community meetings throughout the county to gather feedback about what the public would like to see as the focus of the analysis. Some meetings were tense, with people vehemently objecting to any analysis. At others, students and parents lobbied for the study to focus on diversifying schools and easing crowding problems throughout the county.

In January, pressured by increasing enrollment and crowded school, the Board of Education agreed to hire a consultant to evaluate boundaries, which determine what schools students attend based on where they live. Elementary and middle schools “feed” high schools near them, creating school clusters.

The boundary analysis is the school system’s first comprehensive look at boundaries in at least 20 years.

The school board on Monday will also receive its first update from the consultants hired to conduct the study. The firm, New York-based WXY Architecture + Urban Design, plans to outline its timelines and its work and communication plans.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com

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