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Montgomery Councilmember Rice, MCPS Superintendent Smith, College President Pollard to host forum on County education priorities at 6:30 p.m. Wed., March 22, at Walter Johnson High School

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Montgomery Councilmember Craig Rice,

MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith,

College President DeRionne Pollard

to host fourth in series of

5 forums on education

On Wed., March 22, at Walter Johnson High School,

they will explain FY18 budget process and seek

residents’ priorities for MCPS and Community College


ROCKVILLE, Md., March 21, 2017—Montgomery County Council Education Committee Chair Craig Rice, Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard will host the fourth in a series of five public forums on the County’s education programs on Wednesday, March 22, at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. The forums provide information, and seek input, on the programs and budgets of the County’s public school system and its community college. This is the third year County education leaders are conducting a Countywide tour to address the school budget process.


The forums address how budget priorities are established by the Board of Education, the County Executive and the County Council—all of whom work toward crafting the MCPS and Montgomery College annual operating budgets. At the forums, subjects include what the school system and college are doing to prepare for Fiscal Year 2018.


The forums also talk about the opportunities residents will have to influence decisions that will be made as the County works to adopt the FY18 budget. The County Council in May will adopt the budget that will go into effect on July 1.


All forums will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The schedule for the remaining forums:

  • Wednesday, March 22: Walter Johnson High School (cafeteria). 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda.
  • Wednesday, March 29: Richard Montgomery High School (cafeteria). 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville.

The first three forums were held at Northwest High School in Germantown, Blair High School in Silver Spring and on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. More than 200 people were present for the past two forums. A video summary of the forum at Northwest High can be viewed at .

“These forums will provide an opportunity for residents to have their questions answered about the education budgets at both the State and County level from kindergarten to higher education,” said Councilmember Rice. “We will talk about how budget decisions are made and will work to explain the circumstances concerning the new budget we are addressing for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. We also will discuss the opportunities residents will have to influence budget decisions. And in this early stage of the budget process, we want to hear from residents about their concerns, their priorities and how they fit with the amount of funding available.”


For further information about any of the forums, contact Councilmember Rice’s office at 240-777-7955 or email him at: .


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Release ID: 17-093
Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939, Delphine Harriston 240-777-7931