Board of Education Receives Update on Food and Nutrition Services; Makes Several Administrative Appointments

May 22, 2018

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) met on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. During the meeting, the Board received an update on food and nutrition services in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and made several administrative appointments.

The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, can be viewed on the Board of Education website.

Food and Nutrition Services Update

The Board of Education received an update from MCPS staff and held a discussion on food and nutrition services. MCPS students receive healthy breakfasts, lunches, after-school snacks, and suppers throughout the school year, as well as nourishing breakfasts and lunches during the summer. In addition, all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day, outside of the school meals program, are compliant with MCPS Regulation JPG-RA, Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health.

During the 2017–2018 school year, the Division of Food and Nutrition Services (DFNS) has been working to refine and add to its services. This has included upgrading the DFNS web page, expanding and enhancing menu offerings with stakeholder feedback and input, developing a pilot approach for a universal lunch program in the 2018–2019 school year, and collaborating with the MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc., in the implementation of the Dine with Dignity Fund pilot program.

Read the memorandum to the Board

Administrative Appointments

The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments:

Robert W. Dodd, currently Lead Consulting Principal, Administrator Training and Support, Department of Professional Growth Systems, Office of Human Resources and Development, as Principal, Walt Whitman High School

Brandice C. Heckert, currently Assistant Principal, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, as Principal, Winston Churchill High School

Eric L. Minus, currently Director of School Support and Improvement of Middle Schools, Office of School Support and Improvement, as Principal, Sherwood High School

Megan H. Murphy, currently Assistant Principal, William B. Gibbs, Jr. Elementary School, as Principal, Seven Locks Elementary School

Loretta A. Woods, currently Principal Intern, Wayside Elementary School, as Principal, Whetstone Elementary School


The Board approved the following resolutions:

Facilities and School Construction

The Board awarded a contract for the Tilden Middle School and Rock Terrace School Revitalization/Expansion Project (Site Package)

Future Meetings

The Board of Education will hold its next regular business meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Please check the Board of Education website and meeting calendar for further information. 

About the Board of Education
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.

Montgomery County Board of Education: Mr. Michael Durso, president; Mrs. Shebra Evans, vice president. Members: Ms. Jeanette E. Dixon, Dr. Judith Docca, Mrs. Patricia O’Neill, Ms. Jill Ortman-Fouse, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Mr. Matthew Post, student member. Dr. Jack R. Smith, superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 240-740-3030.


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