2021 | Schools

School Notes: School board will meet Thursday, discuss reopening plans

Plus: Student school board nominations open through next week

School board will meet Thursday, discuss reopening plans

The Montgomery County Board of Education will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss its school reopening plan and “focused interventions” for struggling students. It also will take positions on relevant education bills in the Maryland General Assembly.

The public portion of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., following a 2.5-hour closed session.

The school board will discuss its reopening plan first, then “focused interventions” before reviewing school-related education bills state lawmakers are considering.

The school board in early January decided to postpone MCPS’ reopening plan until March 15. On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on all districts in the state to implement a hybrid learning model by March 1, two weeks earlier than the district’s plan.

The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at about 9 p.m.

Student school board nominations open until Thursday

Nominations for the next student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education are open for one more week, until Jan. 28.

All high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to run for the position, which is a one-year term. The filing period began Jan. 4.

Nominations must be submitted to Shella Cherry, director of MCPS student leadership and extracurricular activities, by 5 p.m. Jan. 28.

A nominating convention will be held Feb. 12. Delegates from each middle and high school will select two finalists for the position.

The two finalists will campaign between February and April. Then, on April 21, all middle and high school students will be eligible to vote in a general election to elect the next student board member.

Whoever is elected will replace current student board member Nick Asante, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School.

The student representative on the eight-member school board has full voting rights on issues like the school system’s budget and policy decisions. The student member cannot vote on negative personnel actions.

The student member is not paid, but receives class credit and a college scholarship.