2021 | Schools

School board to meet on Tuesday and discuss reopening, charter schools

Plus: County reacquires former public elementary school in $7M purchase; Winners of Sixth District art contest announced

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School board will meet Tuesday, discuss reopening and charter schools

The Montgomery County Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss reopening plans and two applications for new charter schools.

The public portion of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

The school board will discuss its post-pandemic reopening plans.

The board will then conduct a preliminary review of two charter school applications.

The applications are among only a handful that the board has considered over the past two decades. Just one charter school has ever been approved in Montgomery County, and it operated for about a year before running into funding problems and switching to a private school.

The school board will also take final action on new sexual harassment policies.

The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at about 7:15 p.m.

County reacquires former public elementary school in $8M purchase

The Montgomery County Council this week agreed to spend $7.6 million to reacquire a former elementary school site in Kensington.

The facility now houses Grace Episcopal Day School, a private elementary school.

The County Council will continue to lease the building to Grace Episcopal for 10 years, according to a staff report.

The facility — formerly Larchmont Elementary School — in Kensington, has been used by Grace Episcopal since the 1980s.

There are no plans for the county to use the building for something else, according to county officials, but it is important to retain ownership in case there is a need for a public facility in the area someday.

Winners of Sixth District art contest announced

U.S. Rep. David Trone has announced the winners of the annual Sixth District art contest.

Each year, the House of Representatives hosts the competition for high school students across the country to “recognize young, talented artists,” according to a press release from Trone’s office. The winner’s art piece is hung up in the hall of the Capitol building

Ria Bansal of Northwest High School in Germantown was the winner with a piece titled “Creativity.”

Other winners included:

• Sriya Sogal, Northwest High School, “Pandemic Heroes” in the “spirit of the district” category
• Erin Lee, Winston Churchill High School, “A Masked Identity” in the “staff picks” category
• Saffa Eng, Northwest High School, “Expectations” in the “best mixed media” category