Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Strategic plan, Baldrige on agenda for board

Moskowitz out, Malik in as student member

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The school board and Superintendent Jerry D. Weast will discuss the system’s business operations and process for improving schools under the Malcolm Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance, and its almost 9-year-old strategic plan when it meets all day Tuesday in Rockville.

The plan, enacted after Weast was hired in 1999, outlines goals for the school system and students. School leaders talk about progress toward those goals during some board meetings.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the board room at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Meetings are broadcast live on channel 34 and re-aired at 1 p.m. the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting. Call 301-279-3617 for more information.

Malik sworn into school board seat

Quratul-Ann Malik, a 17-year-old junior at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, was sworn in July 1 as the 31st student member of the county school board.

Malik received 35,759 votes during the April 30 election, conducted by the county’s student government association. Her opponent, 17-year-old Alexander Blocker of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, got 27,869 votes.

All high schools and middle schools, along with one alternative program, submitted results, according to the school system.

Malik is president of her school’s senior class and the parliamentarian of the Montgomery County Region of the Maryland Association of Student Councils. She is also the Watkins Mill coordinator for the Montgomery County Student Parent Advisory Committee.

Malik said she wants to bring driver’s education classes back into the curriculum, reduce the price of parking permits, and increase the student school board member’s voting rights, among other things.

Financial aidfor BRAC employees

Employees and their families moving to Maryland because of Base Realignment and Closure regulations could be eligible for financial aid from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and offered in-state tuition from schools in the University System of Maryland and Morgan State University.

According to MHEC, the time required to meet the state’s residency requirements — one year before the first day of class — will be waived for U.S. Armed Forces personnel and for defense contractors transferred to the state because of BRAC.

That waiver will also apply to spouses and children. Those applying for the waiver must submit documents to show they are moving to Maryland because of BRAC.

Also, Tuesday is the deadline for the children of Armed Forces members who died in service to apply for the Edward T. Conway Memorial Scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must enroll for at least six credits each semester in a degree-seeking undergraduate or undergraduate program at a college or university, or a private career school in Maryland.

Call 410-260-4500 or go to www.MDgo4it.org.

Coming up

The County Council’s education and transportation and environment committees meet at 2 p.m. June 10 to discuss recycling in Montgomery’s public schools.

The meeting is in the 7th floor conference hearing room at the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. Call 240-777-7900 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov for more information.