Subin applies for college presidency

He says he wasn’t looking, but the opportunity presented itself

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006






County Councilman Michael L. Subin (D-At large) of Gaithersburg has applied for the presidency at Montgomery College.

Subin, who finished fifth in the primary race for four spots on the Nov. 7 ballot for County Council at large, has been chairman of the council’s Education Committee for two decades.

‘‘It’s no deep dark hidden secret that [the college] has been a favorite institution of mine,” said Subin, 57, who served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1986. ‘‘They’re an incredible gift to the county. And if I could take my gift and help them out ... it’s an incredible institution.”

Subin’s defeat, after five terms on the council, means that come December he will be out of a job just as the college hopes to announce a successor to Charlene R. Nunley, who is retiring after leading the college since 1999.

‘‘That’s not any of my doing,” Subin, a lawyer, said of the timing of his job search. ‘‘[But] if a bluebird lands on your shoulder, you kind of pet it and give it some bird seed.”

A move from the council to the college could be a boon financially to Subin, who earned $79,721 a year as a council member. Nunley, whose contract officially expires June 30, earns $192,379 per year, not including a retirement savings plan.

Weast addresses shootings

In the wake of school shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in recent weeks, schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast wrote a letter last week assuring families and staffers of the school system’s safety.

‘‘As a parent and educator, I know that such tragedies naturally prompt questions and concerns about the safety of our students,” he wrote. ‘‘I want to assure you that Montgomery County Public Schools works diligently with the Montgomery County Police; Fire and Rescue; and other county emergency services to ensure a safe environment for everyone.”

Weast reminded students and parents that they may report school safety and security concerns confidentially to the Safe Schools hot line, 24 hours a day, at 301-517-5995.

He also urged parents to discuss safety and security with their children and to listen to their concerns about the recent shootings.

‘‘Should your child express a need to talk with someone outside of the family, school psychologists and school counselors are available to provide support,” Weast wrote.

The school system’s Web site has tips for talking to students about tragic events at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org and click on ‘‘How to talk to your children about tragic events.”

Candidate forums

With the general election less than a month away, several organizations are sponsoring forums for county school board candidates.

*A forum sponsored by the PTAs from the Quince Orchard, Northwest, Seneca Valley and Poolesville clusters will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in Northwest High School at 13501 Richter Farm Road, in Germantown.

Candidates for the at large, District 1 and District 5 seats on the board will attend.

*Kristen Cox, secretary of the state Department of Disabilities and Gov. Robert L. Ehlrich Jr.’s running mate, will be the opening speaker at a forum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bauer Drive Recreation Center at 14625 Bauer Drive in Rockville.

The forum is sponsored by Special Ed Voters, a parent organization that supports candidates who support children with disabilities. For more information go to www.specialedvoters.org or call Kay Romero at 240-498-6594.

*The county council of PTAs will sponsor a forum from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Carver Educational Services Center at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

Celebrations

Two longtime county educational institutions will celebrate landmark anniversaries next week.

*The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy will recognize the many people who have contributed to the success of the program, better known as Saturday school, with a 20th anniversary gala from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The gala, which will include the presentation of the school’s first Friends of Education Awards, will be held in the county conference center at 5701 Marinelli Road in Rockville. For more information call 301-320-6545 or go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org⁄departments⁄gbtla.

*Montgomery College will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a gala awards dinner honoring alumni, faculty, staffers and friends of the college at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Indian Spring Country Club at 13501 Layhill Road in Silver Spring.

Tickets are $46. Call 301-610-4006, e-mail events@montgomerycollege.edu or go to www.montgomerycollege.edu⁄60thanniversary.

Strategic planning meeting

The school board will hold a community forum on the strategic direction of the school system at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Carver Educational Services Center.

The forum is the first step in shaping the school system’s operating budget for the 2007-2008 school year, which the superintendent will recommend in December. For more information or to provide written comments, go to www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org⁄community⁄forums.