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Montgomery BOE approves new boundaries

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MoCo BOEROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Monday night to approve new boundaries for the Richard Montgomery High School cluster to address enrollment at the fifth elementary school in the cluster, which is slated to open next year. 

The Board considered five proposed options to redraw the zoning boundaries. Option B, which was ultimately approved by the Board, calls for the reassigning students in zones currently served by Beall Elementary, College Gardens Elementary, and Ritchie Park Elementary – all of which are operating at over 120 percent capacity – to the as-yet-unnamed school currently designated as “Richard Montgomery Elementary School Number Five.”  Enrollment and zoning will be unchanged at Twinbrook Elementary, which is also over capacity, but to a smaller degree than the other three schools.

“Obviously, this school has been much needed and much desired by the community, and we're all very thankful to have the school,” said MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith at the beginning of the meeting.

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MCPS redistricting gets mixed parental responses

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MCPS logoROCKVILLE — Parents of Montgomery County Public Schools elementary school students told school board members they are concerned about redistricting plans in the Richard Montgomery High School cluster that might require more students to take the bus or redistribute the number of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches.

They raised the concerns during a school board hearing on the plan, which would cover College Gardens, Ritchie Park, Beall, and Twinbrook Elementary Schools.

Twinbrook ES parent Melissa Downs said she does not believe reducing FARM rates is a justified reason for changes.

"Our FARM rate does not define us," she said. "Our strong community is what defines us."

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