Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

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Montgomery County Public Schools
Rockville, Maryland
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District Profile
Superintendent:Joshua Starr
Graduation rate:88.3 percent[2]
Number of schools:209
Budget: $2.2 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Christopher Barclay
Board members:7
Term length:4
Montgomery County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 148,780 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate improved from 86.1 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 88.3 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Montgomery County Public Schools is located in Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery County Public Schools is based in Rockville, Maryland, the county seat of Montgomery County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Montgomery County is home to 1,016,677 residents.[3] Montgomery County Public Schools is the largest school district in Maryland.


Montgomery County outperformed the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 56.9 percent of Montgomery County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Montgomery County was $96,985 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Montgomery County was 6.5 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Montgomery County (%) Maryland (%)
White 63.2 60.8
Black or African American 18.3 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 14.7 6.0
Two or More Races 3.1 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 17.9 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 353,210
Unaffiliated 147,102
Republicans 122,638
Other 3,534
Libertarian 2,090
Green 1,542
Total 630,116

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools is Joshua Starr, as of June 17, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2011. Starr previously served as the superintendent of Stamford Public Schools in Connecticut.[6]

School board

The Montgomery County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Five members are elected to specific districts while two at-large members represent the entire county.

Montgomery County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Philip Kauffman At-large 2016
Shirley Brandman At-large 2014
Judy Docca District 1 2014
Rebecca Smondrowski District 2 2016
Patricia O'Neill District 3 2014
Christopher Barclay District 4 2016
Mike Durso District 5 2014

School board elections

See also: Montgomery County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats are on the ballot on November 4, 2014. Three seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:

Who Can Make a Public Comment?

The regular business meetings of the Board usually include a public comments period in which any citizen, group representative, parent, or student may make a statement regarding an item on a past, present or future Board open-session agenda, or a matter of general policy over which the Board has jurisdiction.

How Do I Sign Up to Make a Public Comment?

At most business meetings, 30 minutes are set aside for Public Comments from residents to encourage public participation. The first fifteen (15) speakers who contact the Board office by telephone on the Monday prior to the business meetings are granted two (2) minutes each to speak as follows:

  • The Board will reserve ten (10) of the fifteen (15) slots for public comments for speakers who wish to comment on issues that are on the agenda for that day’s Board meeting. The other five (5) slots will be reserved for speakers who wish to comment on other issues that are not specifically on the agenda.
  • The Board office accepts phone calls on the Monday before the Board meeting. (If the Board meeting is held on a Monday evening, phone calls will be accepted that same day according to the following schedule). The time period from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. will be for speakers who wish to address issues relating to the day’s agenda, and 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. will be for speakers who wish to address other issues.
  • If the Board office is closed on a Monday, callers may register to speak by calling as of 8:30 a.m. that Tuesday.
  • Unallocated slots may be filled—first come, first served—on the day of the meeting by signing the appropriate sheet at the Board meeting no later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for Public Comments.

What is an Appropriate Subject for Public Comments?

This is not the proper avenue to address specific student or employee matters, especially those matters on appeal to the Board. Comments about the actions or statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for Public Comments and should be referred to the Superintendent of Schools or processed through available channels.

Written Testimony

Speakers are requested to provide 20 copies of their written testimony for distribution to Board members, staff, and the press.

In advance of the meeting, please email the testimony to, fax it to 301-279-3860 or deliver to the Board of Education Office (850 Hungerford Drive, Suite 123, Rockville, MD 20850) and indicate the meeting during which you will be testifying.


—Montgomery County Public Schools website, (2014), [8]


Montgomery County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $1,336,299,589 61.9% $66,036,062 3.1% $123,084,454 5.7% $0 0% $634,609,490 29.4% $2,160,029,595
2013-2014 $1,387,724,552 62.4% $68,654,922 3.1% $124,927,412 5.6% $0 0% $644,114,166 28.9% $2,225,421,052
Averages: $1,362,012,070.5 62% $67,345,492 3% $124,005,933 6% $0 0% $639,361,828 29% $2,192,725,323.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Montgomery County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 46,410 62,201
MA 51,128 96,966
MA + 30 52,630 101,095
MA + 60 53,990 103,634


Teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). The president of MCEA is Doug Prouty, as of June 17, 2014.[11]

Schools in Montgomery County Public Schools


The district served 148,780 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 6.7 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 139,282 -
2010 141,722 1.8
2011 144,023 1.6
2012 146,459 1.7
2013 148,780 1.6

District schools

Montgomery County Public Schools operates 209 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Montgomery County Public Schools
A. Mario Loiederman
Albert Einstein
Bel Pre
Bells Mill
Benjamin Banneker
Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Beverly Farms
Bradley Hills
Briggs Chaney
Broad Acres
Brooke Grove
Brown Station
Burning Tree
Burnt Mills
Cabin John
Cannon Road
Capt. James Daly
Carderock Springs
Carl Sandburg Learning Center
Cedar Grove
Chevy Chase
Clarksburg Elementary School
Clarksburg High School
Clopper Mill
Col. E. Brooke Lee
Col. Zadok Magruder
Cold Spring
College Gardens
Crossway Community Montessori
Damascus Elementary School
Damascus High School
Dr. Charles Drew
Dr. Sally K. Ride
Earle B. Wood
East Silver Spring
Fields Road
Fleet Street
Flora M. Singer
Flower Hill
Flower Valley
Forest Knolls
Forest Oak
Fox Chapel
Francis Scott Key
Gaithersburg Elementary School
Gaithersburg High School
Gaithersburg Middle School
Garrett Park
Georgian Forest
Glen Haven
Great Seneca Creek
Hadley Farms
Harmony Hills
Herbert Hoover
Highland View
Jackson Road
James Hubert Blake
John F. Kennedy
John Poole
John T. Baker
Jones Lane
Judith A. Resnik
Julius West
Kemp Mill
Kensington Parkwood
Lake Seneca
Lakelands Park
Little Bennett
Lois P. Rockwell
Longview School
Lucy V. Barnsley
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Meadow Hall
Mill Creek Towne
Montgomery Blair
Montgomery Knolls
Montgomery Village
Needwood Academy
New Hampshire Estates
Newport Mill
North Bethesda
North Chevy Chase
Oak View
Oakland Terrace
Outdoor and Environmental Education Programs
Paint Branch
Pine Crest
Piney Branch
Poolesville Elementary School
Poolesville High School
Quince Orchard
Rachel Carson
Randolph Academy
RICA - John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents
Richard Montgomery
Ritchie Park
Robert Frost
Roberto Clemente
Rock Creek Forest
Rock Creek Valley
Rock Terrace School
Rock View
Rocky Hill
Rolling Terrace
Ronald McNair
Rosa M. Parks
Roscoe Nix
Rosemary Hills
S. Christa McAuliffe
Sargent Shriver
Seneca Valley
Seven Locks
Shady Grove
Sherwood Elementary School
Sherwood High School
Silver Spring International
Sligo Creek
South Lake
Spark M. Matsunaga
Stephen Knolls School
Stone Mill
Strawberry Knoll
Summit Hall
Takoma Park Elementary School
Takoma Park Middle School
Thomas Edison HS of Technology
Thomas S. Wootton
Thomas W. Pyle
Thurgood Marshall
Viers Mill
Walt Whitman
Walter Johnson
Washington Grove
Waters Landing
Watkins Mill Elementary School
Watkins Mill High School
Weller Road
Wheaton Woods
White Oak
William B. Gibbs, Jr.
William H. Farquhar
William Tyler Page
Wilson Wims
Winston Churchill
Wood Acres

Academic performance

The Maryland State Department of Education conducts the Maryland Standard Assessment (MSA) each spring for students in grades three through eight. This test determines proficiency levels in reading and math. The MSA also assesses proficiency in science among students in grades five and eight. Proficiency levels in algebra, biology and English at the high-school level are determined by the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA). Student performance is broken down into three categories: basic proficiency, proficiency and advanced proficiency. The following tables display the MSA and MHSA results for district students during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

MSA Scores, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
3 Math 21.9 52.2 26.0
3 Reading 14.6 59.7 25.7
4 Math 9.5 39.4 51.1
4 Reading 8.9 54.1 37.1
5 Math 15.1 51.0 33.9
5 Reading 7.4 26.7 65.9
5 Science 27.6 58.2 14.1
6 Math 20.5 43.4 36.0
6 Reading 11.1 34.1 54.7
7 Math 20.3 45.6 34.1
7 Reading 9.0 29.2 61.8
8 Math 25.5 33.7 40.8
8 Reading 11.8 29.5 58.6
8 Science 22.3 66.4 11.3

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[13]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 10.4 48.9 40.6
High school Biology 9.9 54.1 36.0
High school English 11.5 48.7 39.8


School board expenses inquiry

Two members of the Montgomery County Board of Education came under fire in June 2014 for charging hotel stays and more than 100 meals to district-issued credit cards. A report produced by NBC Channel 4 in Washington, D.C. found that board member Christopher Barclay had charged many of those meals to the district between 2010 and 2013. Fellow board member Rebecca Smondrowski charged a smaller number of lunches as well as a hotel stay for an education conference only 30 minutes from the county. The county board does not have restrictions on hotel or lunch expenses but public reaction to the Channel 4 report led members of a county panel to recommend policy changes. These changes could include a prohibition on board expenses for local hotel stays and establishing a maximum limit on other expenses.

Smondrowski and Barclay provided the following responses to Channel 4 after publication of the report:

Barclay's response

On the hotel stays:

I am very active on the National School Boards Association’s Council on Urban Boards of Education and Federal Relations Network and attend these conferences regularly. These conferences not only provide me with important information and strategies I can use to be a better Board member, but provide me with a rare opportunity to meet with my colleagues from around the country and share best practices and ideas. These conferences begin very early and our opportunity to network goes late into the evening.

Regarding meals/expense:

I take my job as a Board member very seriously and work around the clock on behalf of our students. Many of the children and families that live in my district do not have a voice in our county, and I have taken great care to make sure their voices are heard and their needs are met. Sometimes that has meant taking constituents out for a meal to hear their concerns or sitting down for dinner with a community leader to figure out how we can best serve students. That is an important part of what I do as a Board member and I am proud of how I have represented our students in my district and throughout Montgomery County.

That being said, I strongly support the work of the ad-hoc committee and look forward to considering their recommendations in the future.


NBC Channel 4 Washington, (2014), [14]

Smondrowski's response

On the hotel:

"I stayed at the conference hotel in Washington, DC because I needed to be there early and it would take up to 1 1/2 hours to get there from my house during rush hour. Also, I spent the evening hours meeting and networking with board members from around the country. It was a great learning experience for me and will ultimately help me be a better and more informed board member here in Montgomery County."

On card usage:

"I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the board to discuss in more detail how we should handle expenses related to our duties as elected board members. I am fully supportive of the review we are undertaking and always believe that we should continue to explore ways to be more efficient and effective."


NBC Channel 4 Washington, (2014), [14]

Contact information

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Montgomery County Public Schools
850 Hungerford Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 309-6277

See also

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