Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
|Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Graduation rate:||88.3 percent|
|Number of schools:||209|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Christopher Barclay|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Montgomery County Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtRockville, Maryland, the county seat of Montgomery County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Montgomery County is home to 1,016,677 residents. 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.
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.
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.
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|
|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
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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), 
Montgomery County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Montgomery County Public Schools operates 209 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Montgomery County Public Schools|
|A. Mario Loiederman|
|Capt. James Daly|
|Carl Sandburg Learning Center|
|Clarksburg Elementary School|
|Clarksburg High School|
|Col. E. Brooke Lee|
|Col. Zadok Magruder|
|Crossway Community Montessori|
|Damascus Elementary School|
|Damascus High School|
|Dr. Charles Drew|
|Dr. Sally K. Ride|
|Earle B. Wood|
|East Silver Spring|
|Flora M. Singer|
|Francis Scott Key|
|Gaithersburg Elementary School|
|Gaithersburg High School|
|Gaithersburg Middle School|
|Great Seneca Creek|
|James Hubert Blake|
|John F. Kennedy|
|John T. Baker|
|Judith A. Resnik|
|Lois P. Rockwell|
|Lucy V. Barnsley|
|Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Mill Creek Towne|
|New Hampshire Estates|
|North Chevy Chase|
|Outdoor and Environmental Education Programs|
|Poolesville Elementary School|
|Poolesville High School|
|RICA - John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents|
|Rock Creek Forest|
|Rock Creek Valley|
|Rock Terrace School|
|Rosa M. Parks|
|S. Christa McAuliffe|
|Sherwood Elementary School|
|Sherwood High School|
|Silver Spring International|
|Spark M. Matsunaga|
|Stephen Knolls School|
|Takoma Park Elementary School|
|Takoma Park Middle School|
|Thomas Edison HS of Technology|
|Thomas S. Wootton|
|Thomas W. Pyle|
|Watkins Mill Elementary School|
|Watkins Mill High School|
|William B. Gibbs, Jr.|
|William H. Farquhar|
|William Tyler Page|
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:
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:
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.
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), 
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), 
- List of school districts in Maryland
- Montgomery County Public Schools elections (2014)
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- Maryland State Department of Education
- Maryland Association of Boards of Education
- Montgomery County Education Association
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 17, 2014
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Montgomery County, Maryland," accessed May 2, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Montgomery County Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed June 17, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Montgomery County Public Schools, "Public Participation," accessed June 17, 2014
- Montgomery County Public Schools, "Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget," accessed November 26, 2013
- Montgomery County Public Schools, "FY2014 Salary Schedules," accessed June 17, 2014
- Montgomery County Education Association, "Board," accessed June 17, 2014
- Montgomery County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed June 17, 2014
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Montgomery County," accessed June 17, 2014
- NBC Channel 4 Washington, "Montgomery County School Board Scrutinized Over Use of Government-Issued Credit Cards," June 13, 2014