Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Board to discuss new year, teacher development

HSA results due to be released next week

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When the county school board meets Thursday at its Rockville headquarters, it will discuss next week’s opening of schools, career progression for teachers, recognize two former county employees and award construction contracts, among other things.

During this year’s budget discussions, school system leaders talked about the need to attract and retain teachers. While teachers say they would like higher salaries, they also want opportunities to develop and advance their careers, according to a memo sent by schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast to the school board.

The career lattice program, to be phased in next year, emphasizes the need to attract and retain high-performing teachers and build their leadership skills so they can advance their careers.

In May, Weast approved members of the Career Lattice Joint Panel charged with the Career Lattice Program. The county teachers union, the principals and administrators union and school system staff will be represented on the panel.

This school year, the panel will select the leading teachers for the program and identify the process for applying for leadership projects.

Thursday’s meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in the boardroom of Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Drive. It will be broadcast live on cable Channel 34 and rebroadcast at 1 p.m. the Saturday and Sunday following the meeting. Call 301-279-3617.

HSA results next week

The state school board is expected to unveil this year’s High School Assessment results, discuss the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education program and SAT results when it meets next week in Baltimore. All students, beginning with this year’s juniors, must pass the four tests — in algebra, biology, government and English — in order to graduate from high school.

The board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Meetings are held in the seventh floor board room in the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building at 200 West Baltimore St.

Full-day Head Start

The school system is expanding its federally funded Head Start initiative, a pre-kindergarten program that helps build social interaction and language development, to all-day in 10 Title I schools this year.

Title I schools are ones with the highest poverty rates. The expansion, paid for by a $715,000 addition in federal funding, will serve 260 students. The pilot program will be evaluated for a possible expansion to more schools in next school year.

Here are the 10 elementary schools that will have full-day Head Start:

*Arcola, Broad Acres, East Silver Spring, Georgian Forest, Highland, Montgomery Knolls, New Hampshire Estates, Viers Mill and Weller Road — all in Silver Spring.

*Twinbrook in Rockville.

Register for college

Registration is under way for Montgomery College’s fall semester, which begins Sept. 5.

Montgomery College offers courses in more than 100 degree and certificate programs at its three campuses — Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park-Silver Spring — as well as online and some off-site locations.

Students can earn an associate’s degree or a variety of certifications, receive credits for transfer to a four-year college or university, enhance job skills, train for a new career, or simply take courses for personal enrichment.

On-site registration at the Germantown campus will be held in the Sciences and Applied Studies Building at the 20200 Observation Drive; at the Rockville Campus in the Student Services Building at 51 Mannakee St.; and at the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Campus in the Student Services Center at Fenton Street and New York Avenue.

To register online, go to www.montgomerycollege.edu.

Call 240-567-5000.

Community forums

The school board is holding two community forums on Sept. 20 and Oct. 11 to allow parents, residents and school staff to weigh in on school issues.

The information shared at the forums will be used to update and revise the school system’s strategic plan and help set priorities for next year’s operating budget.

Call 301-279-3617. Each participant will be given three minutes to speak.

The forums will be held:

*Sept. 20, 7-9:30 p.m., at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg

*Oct. 11, 7-9:30 p.m., at Wheaton High School

For more, go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org⁄community and click on ‘‘Community Forums.”