School Notes: MCPS Begins Transition from Air Conditioning to Heat

Plus: Rockville’s Christ Episcopal School pursuing addition; NAACP Parents’ Council To Meet

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MCPS begins transition from air conditioning to heat

Montgomery County Public Schools have begun the transition from using air conditioning to heat, according to Superintendent Jack Smith.

During a press conference Thursday, Smith told members of the media MCPS began the transition last week and it was expected to be complete by Oct. 26. Unlike residential systems, he said, MCPS schools can’t automatically switch from cooling to heat and the process includes making adjustments to piping systems.

Staff examines a long-term forecast prior to beginning the switch, Smith said, but the process is “never perfect because the weather is so unpredictable.”

Rockville’s Christ Episcopal School pursuing addition

Christ Episcopal School recently submitted an application requesting approval to build an addition to its Rockville school. The school is requesting four parcels of land near its school be consolidated into one to accommodate the construction of a new building directly south of the school’s campus.

The new building would consist of three levels of classrooms, totaling 13,760 square feet of area and is designed to be consistent with architectural features of the existing “Gothic style church building” on campus, according to a pre-application meeting submission to the Rockville Planning Commission.

Christ Episcopal currently uses the church building and a portion of a four-story office building for classes. The Jefferson Building is owned by the school and has 23,350 square feet of leasable area, of which the school occupies about 12,000.

The building was purchased by the school in 2004 when school officials planned to aggressively expand the school’s enrollment from about 155 students to nearly 400 students, but the plan has since diminished.

If pursued, the project would allow the school to consolidate classes and discontinue use of the Jefferson building. Project plans do not disclose what the Jefferson Building would be used for if the project is completed.

NAACP Parents’ Council to hold kickoff meeting Monday

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Parents’ Council of Montgomery County will hold its inaugural meeting Monday night.

The meeting will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and will bring together parents and Montgomery County Public Schools staff to discuss how to cultivate parent engagement and promote student achievement.
Catherine E. Lhamon, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will be the keynote speaker, and participants will attend breakout sessions focused on racial equality, implicit bias and restorative justice.

The event is free and open to the public, but interested parties are asked to preregister.

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