Board of Education Revises Strategic Plan, Sets School Meal Prices

June 29, 2010
ROCKVILLE, MD—The Montgomery County Board of Education met on Monday, June 28, and, among other items, approved an update of the school system’s strategic plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence. The Board also appointed 12 administrators, approved tuition for nonresident students for FY 2011, and set fees for the FY 2011 Food and Nutrition Services Program. The Board also congratulated recipients of the 2010 Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association academic awards and scholarships.

Strategic Plan—Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence
The Board of Education approved revisions to the school system’s 2010-2015 strategic plan, Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence. The plan reflects the goals and academic priorities of the Board of Education and a shared commitment to raise the bar for student achievement and close the gap in student performance by race and ethnicity and among students impacted by disabilities, limited English proficiency, and poverty. Because of the difficult economic climate, the plan includes no new initiatives but maintains a commitment to the systems, structures, and processes that have contributed to outstanding teaching and learning over the past decade. The strategic plan reinforces reform initiatives that have been implemented since 1999. The Seven Keys to College Readiness guides school staff and parents to ensure that all students achieve at high levels.

Human Resources Appointments
The Board approved the appointments of the following administrators:
  • Lynne Zarate, currently team leader, Environment Services/Indoor Air Quality, Division of Maintenance, as assistant director, Division of Maintenance
  • William J. Prather, currently acting coordinator, Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs, as coordinator, Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs
  • Christopher S. Berry, currently assistant principal, James Hubert Blake High School, as principal, James Hubert Blake High School
  • Scott W. Murphy, currently principal, William H. Farquhar Middle School, as principal, Watkins Mill High School
  • Shahid Muhammad, currently principal, Galway Elementary School, as principal Waters Landing Elementary School
  • Carl Baskerville, currently director, Curriculum Training and Development, Office of Organizational Development, as principal, Brown Station Elementary School
  • Renee A. Foose, currently director, Office of Shared Accountability, as Associate Superintendent, Office of Shared Accountability
  • Andrew J. Winter, currently principal, Greencastle Elementary School, as principal, Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School
  • Marc J. Cohen, currently principal, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School as principal, Seneca Valley High School
  • Kathleen M. Heinrich, currently acting assistant director, Division of Food and Nutrition Services, as assistant director, Division of Food and Nutrition Services
  • Brenda L. Wilks, currently assistant principal, Watkins Mill High School, as director, Department of Student Services
  • Michael J. Zarchin, currently principal, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, as consulting principal, Office of Human Resources and Development
Tuition for Nonresident Students for FY 2011
The Board approved a slightly reduced tuition rate for nonresident students for Fiscal Year 2011. Rate calculation is based on the approved operating budget, cost of debt service, and current revenue funding for the capital budget. FY 2011 rates are $13,853 for elementary students (including kindergarten), $13,452 for secondary and $30,161 for special education, depending on the cost requirements for implementing the IEP.

Recommended FY 2011 Fees for the Food and Nutrition Services Program
The Board maintained the current prices for breakfast and lunch meals for the 2010-2011 school year, with the exception of reduced-price breakfast, which will be free. Last school year, the reduced-price breakfast cost 30 cents. Fees for FY 2011 are:
  • Breakfast—$1.30
  • Reduced-price breakfast—Free
  • Reduced-price lunch—$0.40
  • Elementary lunch—$2.50
  • Secondary lunch—$2.75


Recognition of Vietnamese Scholars
On behalf of the superintendent, schools, staff, students, and parents, the Board congratulated recipients of the 2010 Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association academic awards and scholarships. The association awarded $1,000 scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to Marie-Estelle Pham of James Hubert Blake High School and Ngoc Ly, Gaithersburg High School.

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Montgomery County Board of Education: Ms. Patricia O’Neill, president; Mr. Christopher Barclay, vice president. Members: Ms. Laura Berthiaume, Ms. Shirley  Brandman, Dr. Judy Docca, Mr. Michael Durso, Mr. Phil Kauffman, and Mr. Timothy Hwang, student member. Dr. Jerry D. Weast, superintendent and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 301-279-3617. 

The Montgomery County Board of Education is the official educational policymaking body in the county. The Board is responsible for the direction and operation of the public school system. The Board consists of seven county residents elected by voters for a four-year term and a student elected by secondary school students for a one-year term. Board members are elected countywide but run at-large or from the Board district in which they reside.

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