MPS Board Notes - 1/12


Unofficial notes from the Montgomery County Board of Education's Committee of the Whole Tuesday, January 12, 2010.

The board received a program management report from Ken Upchurch, T.C.U. Consulting. He reported both the new Carver High and Bellingrath Middle Schools are progressing on time and along their budgets. He also reported that Dalraida Elementary's renovations are nearly complete and the final inspection of the property will be before the end of the month. Students were able to use the new cafeteria today and hot meals will be served by the end of the week.

The board received information from Montgomery Housing Authority representative Mrs. Evette Hester. She provided a brief history of the MHA and its plans for various communities of affordable housing in the city.

Superintendent Thompson announced plans for a news conference that will he held January 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Southlawn Elementary to highlight the system's pre-k programs.  She also provided an update on grants that have been awarded to the system.

The superintendent announced a series of "zone hall" meetings that will take place in February and March. The meetings will be held at various schools around the county and will provide the opportunity for parents and community members to find out more about the system's strategic plan. The meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and last about one hour. The schedule is:

Feb. 18 Vaughn Road Elementary

Feb. 22 Highland Gardens Elementary

Feb. 25 Houston Hill Junior High

March 1 King Elementary

March 2 Fitzpatrick Elementary

March 4 Blount Elementary

March 8 Floyd Middle

The superintendent also briefed the board on the staff's efforts to participate in federal funding known as Race to the Top. There are several steps that must be taken prior to the June application deadline.

The next meeting of the board will be January 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Carr Junior High School.