Keep Monocacy Elementary Open!

  

Update: Board of Education votes unamimously against Dr. Weast’s recommendation to close Monocacy!  See news section for more.

Please write the BOE to express thanks and committment to creatively solutions for enrollment issues in the months ahead. 

boe@mcpsmd.org

Take Note:  Some in other school clusters have been told to regard this decision as a danger to their own schools programs etc.  These fears are unfounded.  We must all, countywide, work together during these tough economic times to ensure continued high quality education for all.  Surely it is counterproductive to argue for closure of small, rural schools to promote funds for another cluster.  Please work to foster understanding and communication across school lines to dispel myths about this BOE decision.

 

Committment to Monocacy Elementary and the Poolesville Cluster is galvanized and growing. 

Click here  for more information.

 

 These were some of the arguments put before the BOE:

Tell them that this proposed closure is a boundary change requiring full process.  The fast track process is against the law.   Ask them to explore other options such as expanding boundaries to resolve over crowding in Clarksburg.  Poolesville Parents should weigh in with concerns that their elementary school will strain to meet the increased enrollment.  Poolesville residents can support the full cluster, including the middle school, by working to assist Monocacy in this fight.

  The Ag Reserve community has been promised, repeatedly, that because it is a preserved region and that it will not be held to the same enrollment rubric as downcounty.  We should not be penalized because we are the future of preservation and food production for this region. Hold the council  to that promise!

All Council:  

council@montgomerycountymd.gov

 News Coverage:

10-30 Wash Post:

Frederick News Post:

10-28 Wash Post:

10-23 Wash Post:

 

 Many thanks for your help!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MCA announces the 2009 Hanson Award Winner!

This year the Royce Hanson award deservedly goes to:

 

Woody Woodroof of Red Wiggler Farm!

Seneca Schoolhouse Makes News!

Wonderful Seneca School and the ongoing efforts of Historic Medley to bring history to life for many area school children make good news!

 See the coverage! 

 

Young Farmers ditch Office Schtick

The local food movements plants new farmers…

 Read about it!

Frederick Co. Planning Board says “No” to Mega Church

Frederick News Post covers mega church denial. 

 Read More: 

Visit:  Stop The Mega Church site  for more on what you can do!

 

Global Mission Mega Church: Denied!

Frederick County Planning Board votes to deny Global Mission Church’s site plan application 6 to 1.  

Read More:

Science City Will be Scaled Back…

Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews said October 6th that an ambitious plan to build a 60,000-job “Science City” in Gaithersburg would be drastically cut back before legislators finish with it.

Read More:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/_Science-City_-will-be-scaled-back_-council-president-predicts-8345412-63557342.html

Road Trip: Farm to Mountain!

Though better in hard copy (with nice color photos- long live newspapers!)- Here is this week’s “Road Trip” feature, which reads, in part:  

    At the end of the route is an alfresco spot with sweeping views of farms protected from the developer’s bulldozer.  

This is why we, groups and individuals alike, work so diligently – to ensure the perpetual vitality of this place .  Take a minute to see what Washington Post readers, many yet unfamiliar with the Ag Reserve, will read and, hopefully, experience first hand and value – a place with purpose.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/23/AR2009092303287.html