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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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Six Board of Education candidates vie for three seats

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BOE Candidates for 3 seatsAbove, left to right - Phil Kauffman, Jeanette Dixon and Rebecca Smondrowski. Bottom row - Brandon Rippeon, Angie Reed Phukan and Shebra Evans. 

Three Montgomery County Board of Education slots are up for election this year and six candidates will be listed on the ballot, two for each slot, in the At Large, District 4 and District 6 races.

School board elections are non-partisan. Each term lasts four years.

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Interim superintendent calls for budget cuts

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school busMontgomery County’s interim superintendent presented a list of suggested changes to the fiscal year 2016 budget, including adjusting recommended job cuts, delaying employee pay increases, halting a technology initiative and saving for fiscal year 2017.

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