The yellow hats trickled into the room Thursday night, until the conference room of the Taylor House Office Building in Annapolis was wall-to-wall PTA parents and their kids.
“When Montgomery County comes down, we come down guns blazing,” said Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Germantown), who spoke to a group of Maryland PTA and state education officials.
On the official PTA lobbying night in Annapolis, the estimated 250-350 people who rode buses and drove in from Montgomery County stressed their support for more state funding of school construction in MCPS.
They wore mock yellow hard hats and went through talking point after talking point about why the county — growing at the rate of roughly 2,000 students a year — needs more state funding to address overcrowding schools.
A bill in the House that would provide up to $20 million in state construction funding a year to the “big three” counties doesn’t have enough votes from those outside the delegations of Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s Counties. It also faced a not so encouraging response in a committee hearing Thursday.
“Things that are big in Annapolis, they take time,” Montgomery County House Delegation leader Anne Kaiser cautioned, implying again that winning support for a school construction package for Montgomery County might be a multi-year process.
It doesn’t mean school supporters aren’t going to try this year. With about half the session remaining, the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) chartered MCPS school buses from five locations in the county.
Those parents and students learned of the difficulty county legislators face when asking representatives from other jurisdictions to support money for Montgomery County schools.
The school system on Thursday spelled out where it stands in regard to the rest of the 2013-2014 school year calendar.
The original calendar, with room for four snow days built in, has the last day of school on June 12. MCPS has canceled nine days of school because of snow and inclement winter weather.
Because of Maryland’s requirement for at least 180 days of instruction, MCPS could be on the hook for five extra days of classes and would move the last day of school to Thursday, June 19.
So what about that waiver?
The Maryland State Department of Education has not yet begun accepting applications for a waiver of the 180-day requirement. When they do, MCPS will decide whether to apply for a waiver, and how many days it will seek to have waived.
A big factor could be any additional snow days in the coming weeks. MCPS has received snow day waivers before.
The MCPS press release sounds an optimistic tone, at least for two of the five overflow snow days:
The fact that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley declared a state of emergency on February 13 and 14 may make it more likely that a waiver would be granted for these snow days, but it is not guaranteed. The district would still need to apply for such a waiver.
The Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) is sponsoring a legislative reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and has chartered buses from five locations in the county for the parents and students. The MCCPTA, with approval from MCPS, is offering three SSL hours to each student who come along, provided they stay for the 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. session.
Montgomery County lawmakers have partnered with legislators in Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties to push for a state bill that would provide up to $20 million each year to fund a portion of school construction projects or project debt for the three large school systems.
“Montgomery County needs the State of Maryland to step up with a matched program for resources over and above what the County normally receives,” read an email sent from the county on Tuesday as part of its school construction funding campaign.
County Executive Isiah Leggett, Council President Craig Rice, MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr and Board of Education President Phil Kauffman are all set to lobby at the event, which will be held in the Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Room 170.
MCPS has grown by about 2,000 students a year and is projected to grow by about 25,000 students over the next 12 years. County leaders say Montgomery deserves state support in easing overcrowding concerns. Leggett recommended $1.1 billion of school construction funding in his latest capital budget and the county says its own funding for construction has increased by 36 percent.
But the bills — cross-filed in the Senate and House — face an uphill battle. County officials have blamed election-year politics for the efforts apparent failure so far to gain enough traction for approval.
The MCCPTA has said it expects about 300 to 400 parents at the advocacy event on Thursday.
Students who go to Annapolis must be accompanied by a parent, whether they go on MCCPTA buses or individually.
Kimberly Bloch-Rincan, the SSL coordinator for MCPS, wrote that advocacy activities are appropriate for SSL hours and that MCCPTA is a SSL approved nonprofit:
- Official MCCPTA representatives will ensure that all 3 phases of SSL are implemented (i.e. the preparation and reflection phases of SSL will occur on the bus and supervision during the action
phase in Annapolis)
- Students are encouraged to ride the MCPS buses to the event and must be accompanied by their
- Students are not encourage to drive in individual cars but if they do, they must meet the MCPS
buses in the parking lot to join the MCCPTA group in order be supervised and to receive the
One of the buses will leave from Whitman High School. Councilmember Roger Berliner will be on that bus.
For information on the MCCPTA buses, visit this site.
Flickr photo by richandalice
Starr made the recommendation in this week’s Board of Education meeting, after an advisory group of parents and base officials concluded re-assigning students who live on the base would not make much of a difference when it comes to school capacity problems.
Horace Franklin, the school liaison officer at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), testified in front of the BOE in November about a realignment of elementary school boundaries that would have split the students between Rosemary Hills Elementary and North Chevy Chase Elementary.
Those students have been going to Bethesda Elementary for years, according to Franklin, who said the move would cause further disruption for kids who already “experienced the life changing injuries of their parents.”
For this school year, MCPS granted the 12 elementary school students from the base a transfer back to Bethesda Elementary School.
The advisory group that looked at the issue and Starr both recommended the reassignment of NSAB to Bethesda Elementary School, citing the low numbers of students the base generates:
Because the enrollment impact is minor and school capacities are adequate, my recommendation is based on what is in the best interest of the small number of students residing at NSAB. I am, therefore, recommending Advisory Committee Option #2—the reassignment of NSAB from Rosemary Hills and North Chevy Chase elementary schools to Bethesda Elementary School. As all elementary school students residing on the base already attend Bethesda Elementary School, this recommendation can be adopted effective immediately upon Board of Education action on March 24, 2014.
Bethesda Elementary is 109 students over capacity this year and is projected to be 110 over capacity next school year. It’s expected to get under capacity by 2015-2016 thanks to a classroom addition project and other reassignments.
North Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills aren’t much better in terms of capacity issues. Both are at least 130 students over capacity and awaiting addition projects to help ease overcrowding.
The Board of Education will have a public hearing on Starr’s recommendation on March 11 with a vote set for March 24.
Walt Whitman High School students helped raise more than $91,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last February.
This year, they want to break that mark.
The school, which is again taking part in the Society’s High School Challenge, is hosting an all-night dance fundraiser on Saturday and a beard competition next week to close out its 2014 fundraising efforts.
The Saturday event is called bRAVE, a rave-like dance that goes on for seven hours with foods provided by local restaurants. It’s set for 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Whitman’s main gym. It raised more than $20,000 last year. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Waivers are required.
Next week, student volunteers and teachers will grow out the “most creative” beards possible and bucket for donations to see who has Whitman’s best beard.
Video via Whitman SGA
After hearing of the many security concerns at the Sochi Winter Olympics, students at Chevy Chase Elementary School wanted to send a message of peace.
The students decided to make origami cranes, based on the Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. Their wish is for a peaceful Olympic games.
With help from a few folks traveling to Russia and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, more than 2,000 of the paper cranes will arrive in Sochi. Van Hollen visited the school Wednesday morning to help see off a second batch of about 1,000 cranes headed to the U.S. Olympic Committee stationed there.
On Tuesday, Chevy Chase Elementary Principal Jody Smith tweeted a photo of U.S. curler Allison Pottinger with one of the cranes.
Each one has a message written by the students. Smith said it took about two days to fold 2,009 cranes and all students participated.
A group of students walked Van Hollen through the process on Wednesday and helped him inscribe a message that will be sent via cargo plane to Russia, hopefully before the snow starts falling Wednesday night in the D.C. area.
The cranes also have a special Twitter account.
In December, a number of students allegedly cursed out and threatened MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr on Twitter over a snow day.
Now, the school system is looking for applicants for a Cybercivility Task Force that it hopes will raise awareness and create ways for schools and parents to curb mean tweets, Facebook posts and other internet activity.
Starr wrote an open letter to all MCPS parents encouraging them to be aware of what their children were doing on internet social networks. Starr claimed some of the Tweets directed at his very active Twitter account in the week of Dec. 9 contained racial epithets and curse words and some threatened him and his family.
Most tweets expressed the desire for a snow day during a patch of wintry weather.
Any inflammatory tweets had apparently already been scrubbed, but at the time Starr said school officials were notified and penalties dished out.
“The Cybercivility Task Force will be a critical resource in our ongoing efforts to help our students understand how to use technology and social media appropriately,” Starr said in a MCPS press release. ”This work isn’t easy, but it is my hope that we can help school communities and families talk about how to use social media in positive and productive ways.”
MCPS is looking for parents, students, staff and community members to be part of the task force. It will meet once a month and members are expected to meet in smaller groups throughout.
The task force will start in March and work until August.
Those who want to be in the group can do an online application. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 and those selected will be notified by Monday, March 3. Among other questions, the application asks, “What does Cybercivility mean to you?”
Image via Twitter
On Tuesday, the College Board released data on the AP exams for the entire country. A score of 3 on the 5-point scale for the exams is considered college ready. Different universities have different policies for providing college credits based on those scores. Most offer college credit for students who get a score of 4 or 5 on the exams.
Students in the class of 2013 at Walt Whitman and Winston Churchill led the way, with 83.5 percent of students at both schools earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was one of two in MCPS to see increases in AP exam participation and performance among black and Hispanic graduates. Rockville High School was the other.
B-CC had 68.1 percent of its 2013 graduating class get a 3 on at least one exam, up from 65.9 percent in the class of 2012. Walter Johnson’s percentage of graduating students to get a 3 on at least one exam fell to 69 percent from 71.7 percent.
The county average was 51.4 percent, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points from the graduating class of 2012 but much higher than the state of Maryland average of 29.6 percent or the national average of 20.1 percent.
Maryland was the highest performing state in the College Board’s report. MCPS accounted for 18 percent of the state’s graduates and 31 percent of its graduates who got a 3 or higher on at least one exam.
See the MCPS AP exam results in depth here.
Most of the roughly 40 speakers who testified at the Council’s public hearings on the upcoming capital budget spoke in strong support of County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommended $1.1 billion dedicated to school construction in his $4.49 billion Capital Improvements Program.
They were preaching to the choir. County councilmembers, many who are lobbying with Leggett for more school construction funding from Annapolis, reiterated their support.
At the end of the hearing, Council President Craig Rice even announced the details of an Annapolis lobbying day set for next week.
With support from the Montgomery County Council of of Parent-Teacher Associations, it appears likely Leggett’s funding recommendations for school construction projects will hold up in the Council. Leggett’s schedule would add 455 classrooms in the next six years through four new elementary schools, two new middle schools and additions in 18 elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.
That includes $52 million for a second middle school in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cluster, with the bulk of the funding coming in 2015-2017.
Craig Brown, a PTA representative from the B-CC cluster who testified on Wednesday, told the Council that funding was key as many sixth grade students in the area go to elementary schools. He also cited the redevelopment of Woodmont Triangle and coming redevelopment of Chevy Chase Lake as examples of population growth.
About $30 million for an addition to B-CC High School is also in the program, with the bulk of the money ($17 million) coming in 2016 and 2017.
Jill Chenok, a PTA rep from the Whitman High School cluster, testified that a feasibility study for a Whitman High School addition should be funded as well as an auxiliary gym project for Pyle Middle School.
“Pyle Middle School is the largest middle school in the county,” Chenok said. “For physical education classes, there are four classes at a time in a gym designed for two. Students end up sitting.”
Chad Salganik, from the Friends of White Flint, Lerner Enterprises official Francine Waters, representing the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee and David Winstead, representing a partnership of White Flint developers, all testified in favor of the roughly $340 million Leggett recommended for various White Flint projects.
Winstead said the developers are “very aware” of funding challenges for school construction, but asked the Council to consider moving up the $10 million projected for design work of a new Rockville Pike.
Pat Baptiste, chair of the Chevy Chase Village Board, asked the Council to support Leggett’s recommendation to provide $255,000, $250,000, $350,000 and $250,000 in the next four years for the county and Village’s joint construction of the Western Grove Urban Park between Western Avenue and Grove Street in Chevy Chase.
“We’re very committed fiscally to seeing this park come to fruition. We’re excited about this park,” Baptiste said. “It’s an exciting and new concept in urban parks.”
The Village will pick up 25 percent of the total $1,055,150 capital cost and Baptiste said a friends group is in the works to get donations for additional features.
Overnight freezing rain for much of the county was enough for MCPS to close schools on Wednesday:
Montgomery County Public Schools are closed today due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings also are canceled. All administrative offices will open two hours late. Day care programs in school buildings may choose to open, but parents should check with their day care provider.
The freezing rain is expected to turn to rain later Wednesday morning. From the National Weather Service:
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING…
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS…AROUND ONE-QUARTER INCH OF ICE FROM FREEZING RAIN.
* TIMING…FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MIDDLE MORNING HOURS BEFORE CHANGING TO PLAIN RAIN BY THE LATE MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES…AROUND 30 DEGREES THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING HOURS…SLOWLY RISING ABOVE FREEZING THROUGH THE MID MORNING.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE DANGEROUS THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE.
Montgomery County government will be open as usual Wednesday. The federal government will be open with the option of unscheduled leave or telework.
Icy tree branches are contributing to power outages around the area, including in Montgomery County. There are no reported outages in Bethesda or Chevy Chase at 7 a.m., according to the Pepco outage map.
The State Highway Administration is warning commuters to take it slow Wednesday morning:
SHA reminds travelers to exercise caution and plan for extra travel time this morning. Highway crews patrolled and salted State roads overnight in various parts of the State, including plowing roads in western Maryland. Drivers are reminded that travel conditions will vary based on location as temperatures hover near or below freezing. More than 1,800 trucks hit the roads overnight and will continue salting through the morning rush hour.
“SHA reminds all travelers to drive at the appropriate speed for the weather conditions, especially when approaching ramps, bridges and overpasses,” stated SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Remaining alert for changing conditions will be key during the morning commute.”
Be sure to keep these additional driving tips in mind:
- During snow and ice storms, there may be power outages that disable traffic signals. If drivers encounter a traffic signal without power, State law requires ALL traffic to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
- Remain alert for downed tree limbs and branches due to ice.
- Use caution when merging at ramps and intersections, especially in areas with a history of flooding; do not drive through standing water.
- If your vehicle does become disabled, make every effort to move it safely from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the leaders of the state’s second and third most populous counties are looking for support from gubernatorial candidates in their push for more school construction funding from the state.
In October, Montgomery County leaders outlined the funding they want from the state in the 2014 General Assembly to address what they called a “school capacity crisis.”
Leggett, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker sent letters this week to each of the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates asking for support:
We are asking you, as a current elected official and candidate for Governor, to support us in our effort to bring additional education funds to Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. These funds would be dedicated solely to capital improvements that will enable us to modernize schools and provide capacity for projected enrollment over the next decade. Our teachers deserve the best environment possible for teaching the next generation of Marylanders and our children require the facilities that will enable them to learn for the 21st century. Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties have invested heavily in recent years in order to make this possible and now we are asking the State to help us meet these demands. The top school system in the country merits nothing less.
MCPS is the state’s largest school jurisdiction with 151,00 students, an increase of 14,599 students since 2000 with a projected increase of 25,000 students in the next 12 years.
The county wants $20 million from the state to go with $40 million from the county to support $750 million in construction bonds to fund new school projects over the next five years. Leggett said the county would be able to construct 56 projects with the money.
Since October, he has joined with Baker and Kamenetz to lobby for state school construction funding in Annapolis and through the county website.
The so-called “Big Three” penned Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Takoma Park State Delegate Heather Mizeur — the Democratic nominees for governor.
Brown has said he’ll support getting Montgomery more state school construction money this year. Mizeur has also pledged her support for innovative state funding programs for school construction.
The state last year approved a similar school construction funding plan for Baltimore City.
The four-year graduation rate for students in the class of 2013 was 88.3 percent, about a percentage point higher than the rate for the class of 2012 and 3.3 percentage points better than the rate for the state.
According to data released Tuesday by the Maryland State Department of Education, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has had among the biggest two-year improvements in the county with a class of 2013 graduation rate of 96.7 percent, up 2.9 points from the class of 2012 rate.
B-CC boasted the fourth highest class of 2013 four-year graduation rate in Montgomery County. Walter Johnson High School had a graduation rate of 94.5 percent, down from 96.7 percent for the class of 2012 and up from a 91.7 percent rate for the class of 2011.
Walt Whitman High School had a class of 2013 graduation rate of 93.6 percent, down from 95.1 percent in 2012 and 95.4 percent in 2011.
The gap in graduation rates between black and white students narrowed 1.8 percentage points over the past two years, the data showed. The gap between Hispanic and white students narrowed by 1.3 percentage points. The four-year graduation rate improved to 83.9 percent for all black students in MCPS and 77.5 percent for all Hispanic students in MCPS.
“We are making steady progress in our efforts to narrow performance gaps,” MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr said in a prepared release. “But we know that there is still much work to be done to ensure that every student graduates on time and is ready for college and the work place.”
This is the fourth year the state has calculated the graduation rates using the cohort measure, instead of the leaver equation that was considered less accurate. The dropout rate for the class of 2013 in MCPS was 6.3 percent, a 0.5 percentage point decrease from the class of 2012 and a 1.1 percentage point decrease from the class of 2011.
“The steady increase in our graduation rate is a testament to the hard work of our students and staff, and the support of our parents and community members,” Starr said. ”We are committed to ensuring that all students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their future.”
The three cops who spoke to Bethesda high school seniors and parents have seen a lot during the time-honored tradition of Beach Week — kids jumping out of second-story windows, groups getting evicted from rental homes before even moving in and friends leaving passed out friends on front lawns, to name a few.
In what has become an annual tradition of its own, officers from the Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach police departments came to Bethesda on Monday to give their version of what happens when Montgomery County’s high school graduates head to the beaches in June.
“I’ll tell you right up front, we’re not here to make any friends. We’re not here to tell you your kids are going to be OK,” said Dewey Beach Sgt. Cliff Dempsey. “We’ve seen your kids go home smiling. We’ve seen your kids not come home at all. We’ve seen it all. I’m not here to teach you anything. I’m here to remind you that you folks are allowing your kids to go into this environment.”
It’s about the eighth year the officers have given the talk. It started at Whitman High School and on Monday came to the cafeteria at Walter Johnson High School. A group of parents organized the event, which drew more than 150 students and parents from area schools. MCPS and school PTAs do not sanction Beach Week, synonymous with underage drinking.
Dempsey, Dewey Beach Lt. Billy Hocker and Bethany Beach Sgt. Brandon Elliott made it clear that the vast majority of kids who participate in Beach Week will drink. Underage drinking, possession citations and curfew violations are prevalent, but the cops seemed more concerned about some of the more dangerous things that can happen when 18-year-olds drink in an unsupervised environment.
“What do you think happens when kids take a beer from a party or a 6-pack and decide to walk to another house and see cops standing on the corner? They throw those beers in the bushes and they run,” Hocker said. “We employ 25 of the fastest, most ambitious seasonal police officers you can imagine. Most of them want to make a name for themselves. They’re gonna chase you.
“You end up with four charges,” Hocker said. “You can see how that little tiny mistake turned into something big.”
Of even greater concern to the officers are drugs, alcohol poisonings, sex assaults and robberies they said commonly follow a night of house parties and alcohol.
“Alcohol is a given. There are drugs and other less than savory people, adults, hanging around all the time,” Elliott said. “The problem is, inexperienced people who are 17 and 18, when you put them in a situation where they don’t have to go home that night, they’re going to get a chance to really let loose. Nobody’s going to be there.”
Montgomery County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 22 because of Tuesday’s snowstorm.
All school and community activities in school buildings are cancelled. Administrative offices will open three hours late and parents should check with their day care providers to see if day care programs are open.
Monday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and Tuesday (a professional day for teachers) were scheduled days off for MCPS students.
The Montgomery County government will again offer non-essential employees liberal leave on Wednesday. All essential county employees are expected to report to work as scheduled.
And while the snow is over, don’t forget that a National Weather Service Wind Chill Advisory is still in effect until noon Wednesday. The wind chill could reach 5 to 15 degrees below zero on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST WEDNESDAY…
* WIND CHILL…5 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES…FALLING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT. HIGHS WEDNESDAY WILL BE IN THE TEENS.
* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH…BECOMING NORTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
* IMPACTS…DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILLS TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING MAY LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR FROST BITE ON EXPOSED SKIN.
State Highway officials say the cold and wind will continue to be a challenge for SHA crews and contractors.
“Our crews have made some excellent progress since the snow stopped overnight but that does not mean the work is done,” SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a prepared release. “More than 2,500 pieces of equipment will be working on the State roads today and we continue to ask motorists to drive with extreme caution as crews continue addressing ramps and secondary roads.”
The Bethesda, Davis and Little Falls Libraries are scheduled to open at 11 a.m. The Chevy Chase Library is scheduled to open at 1 p.m.
All regularly scheduled Recreation programs are cancelled and county Senior Centers are closed. Community Recreation Centers and Aquatic Centers will open at 11 a.m., but check with your facility before heading over.
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On Tuesday, the Board of Directors for Crossway Community, Inc., which runs the Community Montessori Charter School, voted to close the public section of the school because of insufficient funding.
The school opened as the county’s first public charter for the 2012-2013 school year, but said it only has public funding for 40 of the 100 students. The school has mixed-age Montessori-style classrooms of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.
According to a press release from Montgomery County Public Schools, parents can enroll students at the school in their neighborhood MCPS school for next year. Crossway’s not-for-profit non-charter school “is fully prepared logistically to absorb all charter school children for the next school year — and at this year’s tuition rates.”
In September, The Gazette reported that Crossway did not receive any school-system funding for its 3-year-old students and only received funds for some of its 4-year-olds who are income eligible. The school was looking to raise $150,000 in private donations during the 2013-2014 school year.
“We will work closely with the school and parents to ensure a smooth transition for students who move to their neighborhood school next year,” MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr said in a prepared release. “We know this was a difficult decision for the Board of Directors and we will work with the charter school to facilitate the transition for students and their families.”
Crossway’s CEO said the failure of the charter school shouldn’t mean the end for the model in Montgomery County.
“Everyone involved can take heart that we’ve all had a promising vision of what the future of education will look like,” Kathleen Guinan said. “We know now where some of the pitfalls are and we have also seen the great potential of the idea. For over 22 years, Crossway Community has been and is committed to making great things happen for young children and their parents. This is consistent with the best research in the country in preparing our children for the 21st century. We will continue to focus on improving the lives of our youngest citizens ages zero through six years.”
Parents were notified of the vote in a letter on Wednesday and there will be a parent meeting at the school on Thursday at 6 p.m.