Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Second-chance program to include juniors next year

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A program that allows students to retake classes they failed will be expanded next year to accommodate juniors, said Julie Hall, the school system’s coordinator of special projects.

Freshmen and sophomores in all 25 county high school participated in the program this year. The program — called High School Plus — was piloted last year in four high schools: Rockville, Wheaton, Albert Einstein in Kensington and John F. Kennedy in Silver Spring.

Those schools were chosen based on the number of students each school sent to the system’s Regional Evening High School Program, held only at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

The High School Plus expansion will eventually phase out the school system’s Evening High School program, which younger students had trouble reaching after school.

With High School Plus, classes are offered during the school day and immediately after school. Under the program, which is free, each school decides what classes will be offered.

During a May 21 school board meeting, some board members and Superintendent Jerry D. Weast were concerned that too many minorities were relying on the evening high school program to make the grade.

The board and Weast will hear an update on the program during Tuesday’s all-day school board meeting. The meeting begins 10 a.m. in the boardroom at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. Call 301-279-3617 for more information.

Ethics panel opening

The school board is looking to fill one vacancy on its five-member Ethics Panel.

The appointment lasts three years beginning July 1, the next fiscal year. Applicants must live in the county. Ethics panel members all serve without compensation.

The panel’s responsibilities: to interpret the school board’s Ethics Policy and issue advisory opinions about its application; conduct hearings on any complaint filed regarding an alleged violation; approve financial disclosure forms; and direct the implementation of an educational program to inform school system employees and the public about policy.

Panel members cannot be incumbent school board members, school officials, employees or people employed by a business entity subject to the authority of the school board.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a résumé or other documents to support the application by May 5. The appointment will be made June 10.

Send the information to: Suzann King, staff assistant for Policy and Communications, Montgomery County Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123, Rockville, MD 20850.

E-mail Suzann_M_King@mcpsmd.org or call 301-279-3617.

Coming up

The County Council’s education committee meets 9:30 a.m. Monday to discuss the school system’s quarterly financial report and its $2.11 billion fiscal 2009 operating budget proposal. The meeting takes place in the seventh-floor council hearing room at the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. Call 240-777-7900 for more information.

For more online ...

... on High School Plus

Go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org⁄departments and click on ‘‘Extended Hours Program.”

... on the agenda for Tuesday’s school board meeting

Go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org⁄boe, click on ‘‘Calendar, Agenda,” and scroll down to the April 8 agenda.