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School Notes: Hearing about school resource officer program on Tuesday

Plus: Some MCPS employees victim of unemployment benefits fraud; Montgomery College looking for student board member

Public hearing about school resource officers on Tuesday

The Montgomery County Board of Education on Tuesday will hold a public hearing to gather feedback from the community about the district’s school resource officer program.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. and be held virtually. It coincides with an ongoing review by the district about whether armed police officers should continue to be stationed in schools.

The school board began its review of the school resource officer (SRO) program this summer, as protests sprouted across the country calling for police reform following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The school board directed Superintendent Jack Smith to compile data and information to help it assess whether to discontinue or modify the school resource officer program.

The review was expected to be completed in January, but the school board voted to extend the review.

Board members asked for more nuanced data and expressed concern about allegations that a committee established to guide the analysis was “flawed” and “clearly prioritized preserving the status quo.”

Final recommendations about the future of the program are now due by May.

MCPS says some employees victim of identity theft

As the country sees a rise in unemployment benefits fraud cases, Montgomery County Public Schools says some of its employees have fallen victim.

In a post on the district’s staff news website, MCPS wrote that an undisclosed number of staff members have recently received a letter from the state regarding their application for unemployment benefits, despite not filing for them.

Officials across the country have noticed a rise in unemployment fraud, primarily targeting the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, according to the MCPS post. People use other people’s information to apply for the benefits.

If an employee received a notice about an application they did not file, they should notify the state’s Division of Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payment Control Unit and ask them to lock the claim.

MCPS also advised affected employees to review their credit reports, file a police report, and file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Montgomery College looking for student board member

The Nominating Committee for the Montgomery College Board of Trustees is accepting applications from Montgomery College students interested in serving on the board.
The one-year term would run from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Montgomery College.

Applicants must have completed at least 18 credit hours at the college and have a grade-point average of at least 2.0.

During their term, the student must live in Montgomery County and take at least six credit hours of classes.

Applications — including a letter of intent, resume and references — should be emailed to Henry Hailstock at hhailstock@gmail.com by 5 p.m. March 24.