Week Ahead: Montgomery County School Board Holds Meeting Before First Day of Classes

Plus: Vigil planned to raise awareness of drug overdoses; local activists to discuss stormwater management fight

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Summer break is ending for the Montgomery County school board, which is meeting Thursday to discuss the start of the new academic year.

The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville, and on the agenda is a presentation about the opening of day of school. Students are returning to classes Sept. 4 for the 2018-2019 school year.

During Thursday’s meeting, officials will also get an update on construction projects throughout the district. For instance, the addition at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is about 72 percent finished, and work at the site is on course to meet its scheduled completion date of May 1, according to a staff report. The revitalization and expansion at Tilden Middle School and Rock Terrace School, both in Rockville, have just started and should be finished by May 2020.

Board members will also take a look at the school system’s legal expenses for the month of May, which totaled more than $110,000 for issues not related to special education.

Family, friends to honor loved ones who died from drug overdoses

Community members are planning to gather in Rockville on Thursday to remember people who have lost their lives to drug overdoses.

The Ceremony of Remembrance is coinciding with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global observance that aims to reduce the stigma surrounding drug-related deaths. Family members and friends of people who have died will remember loved ones and light candles for them during the ceremony.

The 7 p.m. event will take place in the plaza near the Montgomery County Circuit Court at 50 Maryland Ave., Rockville. A resource fair with information about substance abuse treatment and prevention will begin at about 5:30 p.m. in the same location.

The vigil is being hosted by the group Surviving Our Ultimate Loss in partnership with Montgomery County and the circuit court’s Adult Drug Court.

Water quality issues up for discussion at Silver Spring meeting

Friends of Sligo Creek is hosting a Tuesday evening meeting on the recent fight over stormwater management in Montgomery County.

Earlier this year, the County Council and County Executive Ike Leggett spent several months debating changes to the way the county awards contracts for projects to handle water runoff. Ultimately, officials arrived at a compromise.

During Tuesday’s meeting at the Silver Spring Civic Building, a representative from the Audubon Naturalist Society will speak about the issue. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by refreshments.

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