As the school year approaches, Montgomery County has a new superintendent on board and county public school officials say they have a new strategy in place.
“…Which includes maintaining the level of excellence that MCPS is known for, but also increasing the achievement for the lower performing students in our schools,” said Montgomery County Public Schools Spokesperson, Derek Turner.
During a board of education meeting on Monday evening, the new Montgomery County Public School Superintendent, Jack Smith laid out his goals for the 2016 – 2017 school year; and one of the new strategies will include addressing a slight opportunity gap.
“There’s an opportunity gap across the nation and even in MCPS where certain student groups like African American, Latino students, and students from lower economic classes aren’t performing as well in schools, and what we have to do is lift our work to ensure that they can have the opportunity and resources to achieve and that they have the high levels of student learning that we should expect from them,” said Turner.
The Montgomery County public school system had 157 thousand learners last year- and for the upcoming school year, officials say they are expecting 159 thousand students; so another strategy is addressing overcrowding in the schools.
“We get input from the community and look at both the current demographics and current populations, but the projections going forward to decide what areas need a new school…what areas need a revised expanded school, and what areas can maintain a little longer before we re-evaluate them,” added Turner.