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Montgomery Councilmember Rice, MCPS Superintendent Smith, College President Pollard to host fifth education forum at Richard Montgomery High on Wednesday, March 29

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Montgomery Councilmember Craig Rice, MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith,

College President DeRionne Pollard

to host fifth in series of education forums

On Wed., March 29, at Richard Montgomery High School,

they will explain FY18 budget process and seek

residents’ priorities for MCPS and Community College


ROCKVILLE, Md., March 28, 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 fifth and final in a series of public forums on the County’s education programs on Wednesday, March 29, at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. 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.


Richard Montgomery High School is located at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville. The forum will be held in the cafeteria from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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


“These forums 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 talk about how budget decisions are made and work to explain the circumstances concerning the new budget we are addressing for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. We also 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: 17-105
Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939, Delphine Harriston 240-777-7931