MCPS Board of Education Meeting – 09-10-19


GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME TO THE BOARDS BUSINESS MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019. IF WE COULD ALL RISE FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. CAN I GET APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA? MOVED TO SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.THAT IS UNANIMOUS. OUR NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS HUMAN RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT. AND I WILL GET STARTED. MR. DANIEL MARELLA, DIRECTOR OF AUDIT MANAGEMENT IN THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. HE IS JOINED BY HIS WIFE KATHLEEN, ALSO IN MCCS EMPLOYEE. HE HASN’T BEEN EMPLOYED WITH THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE PAST 36 YEARS OF FORMING FINANCE AND OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES INCLUDING MOST RECENTLY SERVING AS A DEPUTY, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR THE UNITED STATES OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. HE BRINGS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN THIS NEW ROLE IN THE BOARD OFFICE PRETTY LOOKS FORWARD TO CONTINUING HIS COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE WITHTHE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE HIM HERE WITH US IF I CAN GET A MOTION? WHAT MOVE FOR THE APPROVAL . ALL IN FAVOR? THAT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ CLAPPING ] AM EXCITED TO HAVE YOU. DOCTOR SMITH?>>FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY WELCOME AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. I’M GLAD YOU ARE HERE TODAY. WE ALSO HAVE THE MONTHLY HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT TO RECOMMEND.>>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? THAT IS UNANIMOUS.>>WHEN YOU HAVE THREE ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS TODAY. THIS IS AN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCE SO I JUST WANTED SHOW THE CONTEXT WITH FOLKS. BACK IN LATE MAY OR EARLY JUNE DOCTOR DARRELL WILLIAMS WAS NAMED THE SUPERINTENDENT OF BALTIMORE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE WISH HIM ALL THE VERY BEST AND STAND READY TO COLLABORATE AND WORK WITH HIM AS HE SUPPORTS 110 OR 15,000 STUDENT . CONSEQUENTLY, TWO MEMBERS OF OUR STAFF JOINED HIM AND WERE OFFERED POSITIONS THERE AND WE WISH THEM ALL THE BEST IN THEIR GOOD WORK ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS. BUT THAT LEFT US WITH TWO LEADERSHIP DECISIONS HERE IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE THAT NEEDED TO BE FILLED AND SO WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE POSITION TO BE ADVERTISING AND SELECTING SCHOOL BUILDING PRINCIPLES. BUT WE DO HAVE A GOOD TRANSITION PLAN I’M GOING TO ASK DOCTOR McKNIGHT TO SHARE THAT WITH THE FOLKS IN THE ROOM AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY AS TO HOW WE WILL MAKE THE TRANSITION IN THIS AREA.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. SO AS DOCTOR SMITH SHARED, WE ARE IN ASITUATION IN WHICH WE ARE APPOINTING MAKING CHANGES MUCH LATER . WITH THAT SAID, WE WOULD HAV. [ INAUDIBLE ] TO REALLY COME UP WITH A ROBUST PLAN THAT WOULD INCLUDE TRANSITION INVOLVING THE CURRENT PRINCIPLES MOVING ON TO BE DIRECTORS, THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE CURRENT DLE AND ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT AS WELL AS THINKING ABOUT INTERFACING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE COMMUNITIES INVOLVING STUDENTS, PARENTS, EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF THE PROCESS WHO WILL BE A PART OF THE TRANSITION. WITH THAT SAID, I WILL GO THROUGH A FEW SPECIFIC THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT JUST SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO. FOR INSTANCE, I’LL START WITH FOR OUR PRINCIPLES WERE MOVING FORWARD TO BE ACTING REPLACING CURRENT PRINCIPLES, MEET AND GREET SESSIONS WITH THE COMMUNITIES WITH THE CURRENT PRINCIPLES. AGAIN, THAT WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO INTERFACE AS WELL AS THE ACTING PRINCIPAL WHO WILL COME ON BOARD FOR IN WE HAVE ALSO BEEN WORKING WITH EVERYONE INVOLVED TO SCHEDULE STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS AND AS WE THINK ABOUT THE STAKEHOLDER THAT WOULD BE THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF IN THOSE SCHOOLS, THE ACTUAL TEACHING STAFF, PTA PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY LEADERS, STUDENT LEADERS HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THE TRANSITION WILL LOOK LIKE. THAT WILL INCLUDE THE CURRENT PRINCIPAL AND PRINCIPAL MOVING FORWARD. WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE THE PERSON COMING ON BOARD UNDERSTANDS THE SCHOOL VERY WELL. EVERY SCHOOL COMMUNITY HAS UNIQUE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ROLES. THERE WILL BE TIME SPENT ANALYZING STUDENT DATA, CULTURE CLIMATE AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS SO THE PRINCIPAL COMING ON BOARD FEELS LIKE THEY ARE VERY FIRST IN THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT THEY ARE BECOMING A PART ON. AND WILL TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LEADING. I WON’T GIVE YOU THE ENTIRE PLAN, BUT THERE WILL BE A LOT HAPPENING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. IT WITH THE TRANSITION PERIOD IS TWO WEEKS IN WHICH THE NEW PERSONS COMING ON BOARD, ALONG WITH THE OSS LEADERSHIP TEAM WILL HAVE VARIOUS MEETINGS. THEY WILL BE CONDUCTING CLASSROOM WALK-THROUGHS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ACTING PRINCIPAL, THE CLASSROOMS HAVING THOSE FORMALLY INFORMAL OPPORTUNITIES TO INTERACT WITH THE STAFF AND ANYONE ELSE THAT MAY BE IMPACTED. WITH THAT SAID I WILL LEAVE IT WITH ALL THESE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE PLANNED. WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT BEING A SEAMLESS PROCESS THAT OCCURS WITH THESE PRINCIPLES MOVING FORWARD TO BE DIRECTORS IN THE ACTING PRINCIPLES COMING ON BOARD. WE ARE HERE TO HELP SUPPORT THAT TRANSITION AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE IMPACT THEY WILL MAKE IN THESE NEW ROLES THEY MOVE INTO.>>THANK YOU. SO I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF RECOMMENDING TO THE BOARD THREE APPOINTMENTS. WE DON’T TYPICALLY HAVE THIS ACTIVITY IN SEPTEMBER. AS WITH ALL OUR APPOINTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS, AND EXCITED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL AND THE TALENT AND EXPERTISE ON A REGULAR BASIS.AND SO FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND DOCTOR DONNA JONES AS A DIRECTOR OF LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT AND MINISTRATIO. DOCTOR JONES IS HERE TODAY AND SHE IS JOINED BY HER HUSBAND AND HER DAUGHTER. CURE AND I MET AT THE FAIR THREE YEARS AGO. SHE’S BEEN WITH THE COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR 17 YEARS AS A STAFF DEVELOPMENT TEACHER, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, PRINCIPAL INTERN, AS WILL DEVELOPER MOST RECENTLY THE CHEVY CHASE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FOR IN DOCTOR JONES IS VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO PROVIDING SUPPORTS TO PRINCIPLES AND SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATING WITH INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALISTS AND ALL THE SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO ADVANCE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS. AM VERY PLEASED TO RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD TODAY DOCTOR DONNA R JONES.>>SECOND.>>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? THAT IS UNANIMOUS. [ CLAPPING ] >>WE HAVE A SECOND OPENING FOR THE DIRECTOR OF LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION FOR THE OFFICE OF SCHOOL SUPPORT AND IMPROVEMENT WE ARE RECOMMENDING TODAY FOR THAT POSITION MR. SEAN P MAGEE. MR. McGEE IS HERE TODAY JOINED BY HIS WIFE KRISTEN, HIS MOTHER AND HIS BROTHER. HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED WITH FOR 17 YEARS AS A ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, PRINCE WILL IN TURN, ACTING PRINCIPAL AND PRINCIPAL OF WILSON WOMEN’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUT HE LOOKS FORWARD TO JOININGTHE SCHOOL SUPPORT AND IMPROVEMENT WORKING WITH STAFF MEMBERS, PRINCIPALS AND FAMILIES ACROSS MANY SCHOOLS . WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO RECOMMEND DOCTOR SEAN McGEE TODAY.>>ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? THAT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ CLAPPING ] >>AM ALSO PLEASED TO RECOMMEND DOCTOR COLLINS IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT. SHE IS HERE TODAY WITH HER HUSBAND GERALD WE ARE REALLY PLEASED TO RECOMMEND DOCTOR COLLINS AND SHE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED WITH FOR 22 YEARS AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER, STAFF DEVELOPMENT TEACHER, INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALISTS, PRINCIPAL AND MOST RECENTLY DIRECTOR OF DIVISION I CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN THE OFFICE OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS. I WILL NOTE IN THE NOW GOING ON FOR YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE WE HAVE ADDED BETWEEN THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL SYSTEM ABOUT $11 MILLION OF NEW MONEY TO OUR PRE-K PROGRAMS, WHICH INVOLVED A LAW OF WORK ON THE PART OF DOCTOR COLLINS. I WANT TO PUBLICLY THANK HER FOR ALL THOSE EFFORTS. SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO JOINING THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT TO SUPPORT DOCTOR McKNIGHT IN IN ENSURING REMAINS HIGHEST LEVEL SUCH OF ACHIEVEMENT AND INCREASES ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS FROM OUR YOUNGER STUDENTS TO ARE THE 12TH GRADERS. WE ARE REALLY PLEASED TO RECOMMEND DOCTOR COLLINS FOR YOU TODAY.>>MOVE TO SECOND.>>THAT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ CLAPPING ] >>WITH EVANS, WE HAVE TWO RECOGNITIONS IWOULD LIKE TO OFFER FOR THE BOARDS CONSIDERATION. THE FIRST WAS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK . GARMENT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS COMMITTED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF ALL STUDENTS THROUGH PROMOTION, PROVISION AND AWARENESS. THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AND DESIGNATED SEPTEMBER 8 THROUGH THE 14TH THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK SURROUNDING WILL SUICIDE PREVENTION DATE ON SEPTEMBER 10 2019. WE WANT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE ISSUE OF SOCIETY TO HELP EDUCATE OTHERS ON THE WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITH EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CURRENT ADVOCATE FOR FUNDING AND RESEARCH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION, DEVELOP INNOVATIVE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS AND EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO FOCUS ON SUICIDE PREVENTION EVERY DAY OF EVERY YEAR. WE CERTAINLY HAVE THAT GOAL IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND SO WE ARE ASKING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER 8 TO THE 14TH 2019 IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEKEND AND, COY FOLKS WILL RECOMMEND OBSERVANCE TO ALL OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES.>>MOVE FOR APPROVAL.>>SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR?THAT IS UNANIMOUS.>>WE ARE ALSO ASKING THE BOARD TO CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WOULD SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15 2019 IT HAS BEEN A HERITAGE MONTH SOBERS OF CULTURES AND TRADITIONS OF THOSE WHO CAN TRACE THEIR ROOTS TO SPAIN, MEXICO AND SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AMERICA SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. WE RECOGNIZE THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS ON THE IMPORTANT PRESENCE OF HISPANIC AND LATINO AMERICANS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE AND CULTURE. HISPANIC INDIVIDUALS HAD A PROFOUND AND POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON OUR COUNTRY THROUGH THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT TO FAMILY, FAITH, HARD WORK AND SERVICE. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS HEREBY DECLARES THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15 2019 TO BE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IN THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.>>MOVE FOR APPROVAL.>>MOVE TO SECOND WEEK ALL THOSE IN FAVOR?AND THAT IS UNANIMOUS. OUR NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS PUBLIC COMMENT. PUBLIC COMMENTS IS ONE OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO HEAR THE VIEWS ANDRECEIVED ADVICE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS, BOARD MEMBERS WILL TAKE YOUR COMMENTS INTO CONSIDERATION BUT IT IS NOT OUR PRACTICE TO TAKE ACTION AT THIS TIME ON ISSUES RAISED. WE ENCOURAGE PUBLIC INPUT ON POLICY PROGRAM AND PRACTICES . THIS IS NOT THE PROPER AVENUE ADDRESS THE STUDENT OR EMPLOYEE MATTERS SO WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE UTILIZE EXISTING AVENUES OF REDRESS FOR COMPLAINTS HERE THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING AND WE EXPECT THE CONDUCT OF ALL SPEAKERS AND MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE TO BE WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF PROPER ETIQUETTE AND APPROPRIATE PERSONAL MARKS OR ROOT RETORTS IS OUT OF ORDER AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS, HEARINGSAND WORK SESSIONS INCLUDING CHANGES TO OUR MEETING START TIME FOR EACH SPEAKER WILL RECEIVE THREE MINUTES FOR COMMENT . PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY AND DIRECTLY INTO THE MICROPHONE EVERY 30 SECONDS PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF A SPEAKERS TIME A YELLOW LIGHT WILL GO ON ACCOMPANIED BY A RED LIGHT AND A BUZZER SIGNALS YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. PLEASE PUSH THE BUTTON ON THE MICROPHONE TO BEGIN SPEAKING IMPRESSION ONCE MORE AT THE SOUND OF THE BUZZER. WE ASK SPEAKERS TO BE RESPECTFUL TO ALL WHO SIGNED UP TO TESTIFY BY ADHERING TO THE TIME LIMIT AND STOPPING TESTIMONY WHEN THE BUZZER SOUNDS. IF POSSIBLE, WE ASK YOU REMAIN IN THE ROOM IN CASE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE COMMENTS TO MAKE HER QUESTIONS TO ASK. IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE PROVIDE COPIES OF YOUR TESTIMONY TO STOP BEFORE SITTING DOWN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD ASK TO COME TO THE TABLE DIANA, ADRIANA, OLIVIA MILLER AND CHRI, WHO MAY BE ACCOMPANIED BY LYNN OR MAZZA ESTRADA. DIANA? YOU CAN PUSH THE BUTTON RIGHT IN FRONT YOU AND BEGIN SPEAKING.>>GOOD AFTERNOON HONORABLE BOARD OF EDUCATION. I NAME IS DIANA. I’M AN IMMIGRANT AND A MEMBER OF THE BLACK AND BROWN FOR EQUALITY. I’M HERE AS A MOTHER OF TWO STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN HIGH SCHOOL. AND WHO LIKE COMMITMENT, AND ABLE TO ACCESS THE QUALIT. WE ARRIVED IN THE COUNTRY JUST OVER TWO YEARS AGO, DREAMING OF THE PLACE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES. MY DAUGHTERS INTO THE PROGRAM AS PART OF THE CREDITS TO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED. THEY HAVE SUPPORT TO GIVE TO THEM. HOWEVER, I HAVE SEEN HOW THE REALITY OF OUR LATINO COMMUNITY IS PART OF IT’S AFFECTED. AND HOW THEY FEEL WITHIN THEIR ENVIRONMENT. I HAVE OBSERVED THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES FOR OUR COMMUNITY FACE CHALLENGES. THESE CHALLENGES FAMILIES WITH SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT ACCESS, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC ISOLATION ALONG WITH DISCRIMINATION PUT OBSTACLE. [ INAUDIBLE ] MY OLDEST DAUGHTER, WHO IS IN HER LAST YEAR OF HIGH SCHOO, IS FOCUSING ON UNIVERSITY. I ENCOURAGE HER TO LOOK FOR ANY POSSIBILITY OF ACCESSING OPPORTUNITIES. BECAUSE IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS, I FOUND THAT HER FRIENDS WHO GRADUATED LAST YEAR DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION. BECAUSE THEY HAD TO FIND SOMEONE TO PAY FOR IN THE FUTURE WITHOUT SUPPORT. HAS MANY OPTIONS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE. I’VE BEEN READING AND OBSERVING THE PROCESSES TO APPLY. HOWEVER, THE WAY IN WHICH WORKS WILL THIS INFORMATION AND RAISE AWARENESS AMONG THE COMMUNITY IS VERY DIFFICULT. THE HARD WORK BY SOME OF MY DOCTORS PICTURES IS SO HELPFUL. BUT IT’S GIVEN THE NUMBER OF THE STUDENTS THEY MUST WORK WITH. I’M SURE THAT IF WE WOULD WORK WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, THE POSSIBILITY OF RECEIVING AN EXPECTED EDUCATION THAT PROVIDE THEM WITH THE SKILLS SO THEY CAN BE PLAYED FROM THE PROFESSIONAL. [ INAUDIBLE ] YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND GENERATE A LIFE WITH PURPOSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU. ADRIAN?>>HELLO. MY NAME IS ADRIANA. I WANTED TO START OFF WITH A QUESTION PRINT WHAT IS PUBLIC EDUCATION. IT MEANS EVERY SINGLE PERSON, NO MATTER THE BACKGROUND, RACE OR SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS CAN ATTEND SCHOOL WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY FOR AN EDUCATION FOR AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, MY NAME IS ADRIANA AND I’M A SENIOR AT JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL AND AM A CURRENT IV CANDIDATE. EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM STATUS AND PRIVILEGED IV SENATE OFFERS. IT IS CLEARLY CAPABLE OF DOING SO WITHOUT REQUIRING AN APPLICATION OR AT LEAST FOR SOME SCHOOLS. THE COUNTIES VALLEYS EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF WELCOMING EVERY SINGLE PERSON, NO MATTER THE BACKGROUND, RACE OR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. THE PURPOSE IS TO TEACH US HOW TO INTERACT WITH THE WORLD AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. BUT HOW CAN WE DO THAT WITH ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM BETWEEN STUDENTS WITH DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS? BY REQUIRING AN APPLICATION TO A PROGRAM LIKE THIS, IS TELLING PEOPLE WHO ARE CAPABLE ENOUGH TO SUCCEED THEY ARE NOT ENOUGH. THIS IS HOW WE WANT OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM TO PRESENT ITSELF TO STUDENTS? BEING PART OF IV HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE WHAT I LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM AND APPLY IT ON HOW I GET INVOLVED WITH ONLY COMMUNITY. OUR COMMUNITY CONSISTS OF FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS HAVE NOT COMPLETED SECONDARY OR HIGHER EDUCATIONAS OFTEN AS OTHER PARENTS OF OTHER SCHOOLS . WHY LIMIT THESE FIRST GENERATIONS AND APPLY TO A PROGRAM THAT CAN BE JUS. [ INAUDIBLE ] AS IV. WHY WHEN WE ALREADY OFFER IT AT UNIVERSAL ENTRANCE TO STUS. WE ARE TO GIVE STUDENTS A CHOICE TO PICK UP PICK YOUR PATH AND CHOOSE HOW THEY WANT TO APPLY IT TO THE REAL WORLD. ARE LEADERS FIGHTING FOR QUALITY. WE THE PEOPLE ARE MAKING A CHANGE. WE CANNOT ALLOW LONG-STANDING PATTERNS AND DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES TO CONTINUE BECAUSE THE CYCLE WILL NEVER END PERMIT THEM THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PLACES WHERE CHILDREN FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES COME TO LEARN AND PURSUE OPPORTUNITIES. SUCCESSES NOT DEFINED BY WHETHER A PERSON IS AN IV STUDENT OR NOT. IS WHAT YOU DO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE YOU KNOW AND HOW YOU PASS IT ON TO OTHERS. SO IS THIS THE FUTURE REPUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. THANK YOU.>>NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM OLIVIA MILLER.>>MY NAME IS OLIVIA MILLER AND EMMA CURRENT SENIOR AND IVY DIPLOMA CANDIDATE AT JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL DURING HERE TO SHARE A LETTER WRITTEN BY THE ALUMNI WHO WISHES TO SHARE HER EXPERIENCE WITH THE PROGRAM BUT COULD NOT GET OUT OF CLASS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY TO DO SO. HERE IS A LETTER FROM MY A. IN 11TH GRADE I SWITCH FROM A JEWISH PRIVATE SCHOOL WHERE I HAD 55 KIDS IN MY GRADE TO KENNEDY WHERE THERE ARE ALMOST 400. I DIDN’T KNOW A SINGLE ONE OF THEM FOR THE ONLY THING I KNOW ABOUT KENNEDY BEFORE I SWITCHED WAS IT HAD AN IV PROGRAM. A SWITCH BECAUSE I WANTED A MORE ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS EXPERIENCE, WHICH HE KNEW I WOULD GET. MY TWO YEARS AT KENNEDY WERE THE MOST FORMATIVE, ENRICHING AND MINUTE INFO YEARS OF MY LIFE SO FAR. THE PROGRAM, NO MATTER THE SCHOOL OR BACK OF THE STUDENTS, IS REGRESSING KENNEDY WAS NO EXCEPTION. AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY WHERE I’M A JUNIOR, I FOUND IT VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE OF THE EXPENDED AND HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION, WHICH HAD BOTH MADE RESEARCH PAPERS SEEM LESS DAUNTING AND GIVEN ME MANY OF THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO DO WELL ON THEM.AND THE MANY ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM HAVE IMPROVED SINCE I WAS A STUDENT, BUT I DO NOT BUT I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SHARE WHAT MIGHT SEEM CRITICAL BUT ULTIMATELY HIGHLIGHTS THE GROWTH AND POTENTIAL OF IB AT KENNEDY. FROM TALKING TO IV STUDENTS AT OTHER SCHOOLS, IT WAS EASY TO ASCERTAIN WE WERE NOT ALL WORKING WITH THE SAME RESOURCES. AS THE NEW PROGRAMS, SOME OF OUR TEACHERS HAVE BEEN WILL EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE CURRICULUM. FOR MOST CLASSMATES, PREPARATION FOR THE STUDENTS PRE-11TH GRADE WAS MINIMAL AT BEST. DESPITE THIS, IB PROGRAMS FULLY EMBRACED THE IV MISSION TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD THROUGH EDUCATION AND INVESTING ITSELF AND HELPING STUDENTS CATCH UP TO THE RIGOROUS STANDARDS OF IV IN WORKING WITH US. MY FELLOW STUDENTS WERE BYFAR THE BEST OF THE PROGRAM . ALL OF US CAME FROM A DIVERSITY OF BACKGROUNDS THAT ADDED SO MUCH TO THE PROGRAM AND ITS CURRICULUM, BUT MORE BROADLY TO THE WAY I VIEW THE WORLD. WE HAVE STUDENTS IN THEMSELVES WHEN THE PARENTS IMMIGRATED FROM EL SALVADO, PERU, NIGERIA, ETHIOPIA, CAMBODIA AND MORE. BUT THEY LACK WHAT SOME MIGHT CALL A MORE FORMAL IV PREPARATION TO MEET UP FOR IN A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WORLDS I HAD NEVER EXPOSURE TO. I KNEW WITH THE NEW SYSTE, KENNEDY WILL GAIN MORE RESOURCES AND TRAINING TO GROW THE PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A TROOP IV EXPERIENCE BUT ONE THAT DEVELOPS ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGEABLE AND CARING YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HELP CREATE A BETTER AND MORE PEOPLE PEACEFUL WORLD.>>THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM I DON’T WANT TO GET IT WRONG. IS IT CHRIS? OKAY.>>HELLO. I’M A CURRENT SENIOR AT JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL AND IVY DIPLOMA CANDIDATE FOR IT AND PROBABLYSPEAKING ON BEHALF OF OF CHRIS, WHO COULD NOT BE HERE TODAY . A RECENT GRADUATE FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PROUD CLASS AT 2019. IT WAS SIMPLY MIND OPENING. MY EXPERIENCE KENNEDY HELPS ME EMERGE AS A BETTER WRITER AND SPEAKER AND OVERALL STUDENT READY TO STAKE MY CLAIM AS A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. IS ABLE TO CREATE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN MY CLASSES WHILE REFERRING BACK TO LISTEN FOR FROM VARIOUS CULTURES ALL OVER THE WORLD. BEING IN BOTH IV AND THE PROGRAM A LOT OF MY SCHOOLWORK AND EXTRACURRICULARS WERE RELATED TOLEADERSHIP AND CREATING CHANGE IN MY COMMUNITY. I HELP FROM AMAZING TEACHERS. MS. PARK, MR. JEFFERSON, MS. WELLS, MR. WRIGHT , MR. WILLIAMS AND AMAZING ADMINISTRATORS. MS. DAVIS AND DOCTOR BRUCE AND. HIS FACULTY MADE MY EXPERIENCE MANAGEABLE AND I ALWAYS FELT LIKE I HAD HELP TO MEET THE HIGH STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TWO YEAR. IV WAS CHALLENGING, BUT THE TEACHERS AT KENNEDY REALLY HELPED ME STAY ENGAGED. HAVE TAKEN PART IN PRESENTATIONS ON GENTRIFICATION IN WASHINGTON D.C. WHERE IT’S AN EXTENDED ESSAY ON SUSTAINABILITY SYSTEMS COSTA RICA NEWS LITERARY ANALYSIS TO EXAMINE HOW CURRENT AND PAST AUTHORS EXPORT TREATMENT OF THE WORKING CLASS LIKE METAMORPHOSIS. EXCITING AND ENGAGING CLASSES LIKE ANTERO, DOK CHEMISTRY MADE MY HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE RICH AND THEY HAVE LESSONS IN MY LIFE.THESE HELPED ME GROW AS A STUDENT IN A NUMBER OF DISCIPLINES AND AS IV PROMISES, UNBALANCED STUDENTS ARE TODAY ON A FIELD TRIP WITH MY FREDERICK DOUGLASS DISTINGUISH COLORS COHORT AND AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR THIS PROGRAM OFFERSINTERNSHIP , OPPORTUNITIES, NETWORKING AND MUCH MORE. AS WELL AS MOST PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP IN THE SCHOOL. SO HERE IS WHERE KENNEDY AND IV HAVE REALLY COME INTO PLAY. I HAVE BEEN SURPRISED TO SEE HOW MANY OF THE OTHER STUDENTS IN THE COHORT SEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM HE AND THE OTHER THREE HISPANIC MALES IN THE PROGRAM. AT THE BACKGROUND TO MAKE THEM WAS IN THE EXPERIENCE TO BRING US TOGETHER AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO MOVE OUR CLASS FORWARD. MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE PROGRAM AND GIVEN ME THE TOOLS TO CHANGE THE WORLD. IV, JUST LIKE PUBLIC EDUCATION AS A WHOLE, IS MEANT FOR STUDENTS TO BENEFIT THE STUDENTS. NOT ABOUT NUMBERS AND APPEARANCES, BUT WHAT WE THE STUDENTS CAN LEARN AND TAKE AWAY.>>THANK YOU. WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING HERE TODAY. TAKING A MOMENT FROM SCHOOL TO GIVE YOUR COMMENTS. WE APPRECIATE THAT.AT THIS TIME WE WILL ASK FOR OUR NEXT SPEAKERS TO COME TO THE TABLE. WE HAVE RODNEY PEELE, MICHAEL SOLOMON, SIMON DEBESAI AND MARITZA SOLANA . WE WILL START WITH RODNEY PEELE.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. GREAT TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE STUDENTS IN THE IV PROGRAMS CURRENTLY FROM KENNEDY AND I’M SURE THEY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF A LOT OF STUDENTS IN THE OTHER IV SCHOOLS AS WELL. THEY MENTIONED THE NEED FOR LOCAL PATHWAYS INTO THE PROGRAMS. IS VERY IMPORTANT. I’M A PARENT AT MONGOMERY I’M HERE TO REPRESENT THE MONTGOMERY CLUSTER.THAT’S AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THE PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL AND WE HOPE THAT CONTINUES TO BE THE FUTURE AND I THINK MCPS IS PLANNING FOR THAT FOR ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THE PRESENTATION LATER THIS AFTERNOON. ALSO THE NEED FOR THE PRE-11TH GRADE PREPARATION IS IMPORTANT WE. [ INAUDIBLE ] AND HAPPY TO SEE MCPS IS MAKING NOT A FOCUS OF THE EARLY YEARS OF BUILDING THE NEW REGIONAL PROGRAMS. WE THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS AND MCPS STAFF ARE LISTENING TO SOME OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO MAINTAIN THE ASPECTS OR IMPROVE THOSE ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM. WE ARE EXCITED THE PRESENTATION WILL INCLUDE THOSE IN OTHER MODIFICATIONS YOU THINK WILL HELP THE LONG-TERM OUTLOOK FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS. PARTICULARLY THE MAGNET PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTY. OVERALL WE SUPPORT EXPANDING THE NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE, BUT WE DON’T SUPPORT GEOGRAPHICALLY RESTRICTING ACCESS BEFORE THE REGIONAL OPTIONS ARE PROVEN TO GET SIMILAR RESULTS. I CAN’T SEE THE CLOCK. SO THE FIRST THING WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AFTERNOON WAS THAT WE ARE GLAD TO SEE MCPS IS GOING TO BE LOOKING AT DOING MORE IN THE PRE-11TH GRADE PROGRAMS IN THE REGIONAL PROGRAMS. PRE-11TH GRADE COHORTS FOR THE REGIONAL PROG, BUT WE WANT TO FOCUS ON WHEN YOU WANT TO MEASURE THE RESULTS OF THOSE, THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS IN THAT DIPLOMA ITSELF IN 11TH AND 12TH GRADES. AND UNLIKE SOME OF THE INTERNAL DATA ON 10TH GRADERS, INCOME SUCH AS THE IVY DIPLOMA IN THE TEST SCORES ARE WELL KNOWN AND COMPARABLE. OUR FIRST REQUEST TO YOU IS YOU INSIST THERE OUT THE WILL OF THE NEW CHOICE PROGRAMS THAT MCPS USED TO REPORT THE ACTUAL PROGRAM COMES AS FUNDAMENTAL MEASURES OF COMPARISON AND EQUIVALENCY AMONG THE COUNTY IV SCHOOLS HERE THAT WILL GIVE YOU VALIDITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AS HE MOVED FORWARD. THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER METRICS THAT WERE IMPORTANT AS NEW PROGRAMS ARE BUILT TO BE THAT INCLUDES THE NUMBER OF SEATS IN THE PROGRAM, THE AMOUNT OF STAFF TRAININ, TEACHING THE RATE OF STUDENTS TAKING THE HIGHER LEVEL SUBJECTS THEN REQUIRED. THE VARIETY OF PATHWAYS TO GET THE DIPLOMA, THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS. ALL THOSE ARE INFORMATIVE, BUT THOSE AREN’T THE OUTCOMES THAT MATTER MOST.>>THANK YOU. MICHAEL SOLOMON?>>GOOD EVENING. GOOD AFTERNOON DOCTOR SMITH, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. MY NAME IS MICHAEL SOLOMON AND I’M A SENIOR AT SPRINGBROOK HIGH SCHOOL. I’M HERE TODAY BECAUSE I FEEL INDEBTED TO MY SCHOOL APPEAR TO PLACE A REPRESENT WITH GREAT PRIDE AND IT WASN’T UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL I ENTERED MCPS AND, LIKE MANY PRIVATE SCHOOL PARENTS, MINE WERE INITIALLY HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT ACADEMIC RIVER AND SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. FOR THE MOST PART THAT WAS FUELED BY RESERVATIONS FROM SEEMINGLY ALL PERVASIVE MINDSET IN THE COUNTY THAT CERTAIN SCHOOLS ARE INHERENTLY BETTER THAN OTHERS. IT DIDN’T TAKE VERY LONG TO REALIZE HOW WRONG WE WERE. I IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH MY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FOR THE MYRIAD RESOURCES CLUBS AND ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO ME AT SPRINGBROOK. I GREW EXTREMELY CLOSE WITH MY PEERS, BUT BECAUSE OF SPRING BOOKS PROGRAM FOLKS ABILITY AND WAS ABLE TO FORM BONDS OF PROFOUND STUDENTS FROM OUTSIDE THE PROGRAM AS WELL. IN FACT, STUDENTS AND SPRING WORKS ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS OTHER SIGNATURE PROGRAMS AND OTHER THE ACADEMY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OR JUSTICE LAW AND SOCIETY WHILE RETAINING THE CANDIDACY. THIS INTEREST DIPLOMA CANDIDATES ARE NOT ISOLATED FROM THE REST OF THE STUDENT BODY AND THAT THEY MAKE ACTIVE MEANINGFUL CONDITIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. IS A SELF-PROCLAIMED POLICY OR, ONE MY FAVORITE THINGS IS IV HISTORY TEACHERS ARE ABLE TO PLAN COURSE WORK ON THE STUDY OF ONE OF FOUR MAJOR REASONS EACH YEAR FOR THE LAST YEAR OUR CLASS WAS FOCUSED ON THE HISTORY OF ASIA. UNLIKE THE STRICT AND LIMITED STRUCTURE OF AP HISTORY COURSE WORK FOR DEXTER’S COHORTS I END UP WORRYING ABOUT EUROPE, THE AMERICAS WERE AFRICAN AND THE MURINE MIDDLE EAST.AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD MAKING STRIDES IN EQUITY TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, I’M SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE OPTIONS FOR CULTURAL RESPONSIVE TEACHING IT ON BEHALF OF THE SPRINGBROOK COMMUNITY, I LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THE DIPLOMA, HOWEVER, IN KEEPING WITH THE IDEALS OF HER SKATE TAKING, BALANCING OF BENIGN MINDEDNESS, AND LITERATURE THE FRAMEWORK EVENTUALLY REJOICES FOR IV PROGRAMS MAINTAINING A DYNAMIC THAT PUTS ONE PROGRAM ON A SECLUDED PEDESTAL WHITE EVALUATING DEVALUING THE OTHER THREE WILL ONLY PROVE TO BE AN OBSTACLE THAT GOES IN THIS INITIATIVE AND IF WE TRULY WANT TO CREATE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO TRACE PROGRAMS ON INITIATIVES LIKE THIS ONE, YOU CAN ONLY SUCCEED IF WE ARE CONSISTENT AND FOLLOW ALL THE WAY THROUGH ON OUR PROMISES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU. NEXT WE HEAR FROM SIMON DEBESAI .>>GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS SIMON DEBESAI AND I’M A SENIOR AND A FULL IVY DIPLOMA CANDIDATE. TODAY AND TELL A STORY ABOUT COMMUNITY, ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND STRUCTURE PRINT STORY THAT HOUSES THE IVY PROGRAM AT ITS CORPORATE ENTERING HIGH SCHOOL NINTH GRADEWAS A DECISION THAT FILLED ME WITH FEAR . MANY OF MY FRIENDS OPTED TO ATTEND WITH HIGH SCHOOL AND YET I REMAIN CHOOSING SPRINGBROOK FOR THE IVY PROGRAM. I ATTENDED AN MILLON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT WAS DEFINITELY PREPARED TO SACRIFICE MY SOCIAL LIFE FOR A. HOWEVER, I HADN’T EXPECTED THE STRUGGLES FAMILIAR BOND I DEVELOPED WITH THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASSES. IN THE FOUR YEARS I SPENT AT SPRINGBROOK, ONLY THROUGH MY SEVEN CLASSES HAVE BEEN STUDENTS AT NEARBY DRIVE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN THE FOUNDATION LEVEL ABOUT RELIVING ABILITY TO CREATE GENERAL GENUINE PRINTERS FOR OVERTIME THESE RELATIONSHIPS CONTINUED TO BE CONSISTENT CLASSROOM MONIES IN SUSTAINED ACADEMIC INTEREST. I CAN SAY I CAN PROBABLY WRITE A CHAPTER IN MANY OF THEIR BIOGRAPHIE. ANOTHER UNEXPECTED QUALITY IV PROGRAMS WAS A SIMULTANEOUS PROVISION OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND STRUCTURE. TWO THINGS THAT ARE USUALLY EXCLUSIVE THINK THEY ARE TWO BASIC ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DIPLOMA 33 FOR HIGH LEVEL CLASSES INTO A THREE STANDARD LEVEL AND THE ACQUIREMENT OF ONE CLASS IN EACH OF IV SECTIONS. THE COMBINATION OF THESE TWO REQUIREMENTS PROVIDE ME WITH THE STRUCTURE THAT ALLOWED EXPLORATION OF ALL FACETS OF EDUCATION, THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE ANY CLASS I WANTED.WAS FROM IV ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, THERE WAS QUITE A VARIETY TO CHOOSE FROM AND IT WAS THESE CLASSES THAT HELPED ME DEVELOP MY PASS AND PASSION. IS ADDITIONALLY HATE MY CONFIDENCE PURSUING HIGH-LEVEL EDUCATION. WITH THESE QUALITIES: THE NOTION THE PROGRAM IS PRESENTED AS AN EXCLUSIVE MAGNET IS PUZZLING RATHER THAN BEING HYPER FOCUS ON ONE SPECIFIC SUBJECT, THE IVY PROGRAM IS A CURRICULUM IN ITSELF. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN RECOGNIZING THE VALUE IV HAD IN ITS APPLICATION TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS AND I URGE THE BOARD TO PROCEED WITH THE DECISION. HOWEVER, I WANT THE BOARD TO BE AWARE OF THE DISPARITIES THAT ACCOMPANY THE SEPARATION ORIGINAL COUNTYWIDE IV PROGRAMS. IN AN EFFORT TO HELP ERASE THE STIGMA SURROUNDING MANY OF THE SCHOOLS INVOLVED IN THIS INITIATIVE, THIS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY CREATE A HOST OF NEW ONES INCLUDING THE IDEA REGIONAL PROGRAMS ARE A LOWER RUN IN THE TOTAL POOL OF CHOICE PROGRAMS. IF THE BOARD IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN EQUITABLE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL STUDENTS, URGE THE BOARD TO CONSIDER THE REGIONALIZATION OF ALL IV CHOICE PROGRAMS. THANK YOU.>>AND KEEP IT AT THIS TIME WE WILL HEAR FROM MARITZA SOLANA.>>GOOD AFTERNOON MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. SUPERINTENDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE. I AM MARITZA SOLANA , A GRADUATE OF MONTGOMERY BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL. CURRENT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION BECAUSE OF. RECENTLY I READ THE REACTIONS AND SENTIMENTS FROM PARENTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGARDING A STUDY ON SCHOOL BOUNDARIES. I WAS FURTHER SADDENED TO KNOW SCHOOL BOUNDARIES ARE ONLY A SMALL CHALLENGE COMPARED TO THE ATTITUDES AND LACK OF ACCESS AND SUPPORT BLACK AND LATINO CHILDREN FACE EVERYDAY WHEN IT COMES TO ACHIEVEMENT. DATA DEMONSTRATE BLACK AND LATINO CHILDREN, REGARDLESS OF ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS, ARE FACING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS AND THAT THEY ARE GRADUATION RATES ARE CONSISTENTLY LAGGING BEHIND THOSE OF THE WHITE AND ASIAN AMERICAN PEERS. ADDITIONALLY, IN 2018 REPORT PUBLISHED COLLABORATION WITH IDENTITY REVEALED THAT LATINO STUDENT ATTITUDES TOWARD POSITIVE FUTURE EXPECT PATIENTS ARE HIGH IN MIDDLE SCHOOL DECREASE IN HIGH SCHOOL. THE STATA FUELS THE BELIEF EXPRESSED BY INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COUNTY WHO WERE RESIDENTS WHO ARE RESISTANT TO CONSIDER EVEN ASTUDY ON SCHOOL BOUNDARIES . I COULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE CHILDREN WHO WILL NOT WORK HARD ENOUGH AND WHO WOULDN’T SHOW U , BUT IT DID SHOW UP AND BECAUSE OF THREE EDUCATORS OF COLOR, BLAIR HAD ACCESS TO SAT PREP COURSES, CHALLENGING CURRICULUM AND CONSISTENT MOTIVATION THAT I WOULD ATTEND COLLEGE. MY PEERS WERE MOSTLY CHRISTIAN OR ASIAN IMMIGRANT STUDENTS DID NOT HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE. IT MAKES ME SAD TO NOTE THAT OUT OF A GROUP AT A CLOSE FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL, HALF OF US GRADUATED ON TIME. BUT ALASKA FOR WHO DID GRADUATE, WE WENT ON TO EARN DEGREES IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE IN BETWEEN US HAVE EARNED FIVE MASTERS DEGREES SINCE GRADUATION. WE WORKED REALLY HARD, HAVE PARENTS WHO MOTIVATED US EVERY DAY TO DO OUR BEST DESPITE THEIR LIMITED EDUCATION AND WERE PUSHED BY A HANDFUL OF TEACHERS THAT DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO PROVIDE US WITH THE SUPPORT WE NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES WHO’D LUCK SHOULD NOT BE A DETERMINATE IN THE STUDENT SUCCESS, ESPECIALLY IN OUR COUNTY STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF RACE OR THE NEIGHBORHOOD THEY WOMEN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO STRONG LEADERS IN CULTURE NURTURING AND GROWING, RIGOROUS COURSEWORK THAT PUSHES THEM TO STRETCH THEIR CAPABILITIES AND THEIR DIVERSE TEACHER POOL POOL WHO UNDERSTANDS THEIR BACKGROUNDS. IN 2014 I DECIDED TO JOIN CASA AS AN EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIKE ME FACING CREDIBLE BARRIERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAM OF BETTER FUTURES. CASA IS A SPORTING ORGANIZATION OF THE BLACK AND BROWN FORM FOR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE IN OTHER COALITIONS TO IMPROVE ACHIEVEMENT OF BLACK AND LATINO STUDENTS ARE DETERMINED TO FIND BEST PRACTICES, POLICIES AND TIMELY SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE NO STUDENT IS EVER TOLD THAT COMMUNITY COLLEGES THEIR ONLY OPTION. IT IS TIME TO LEAVE AND ALL OUR CHILDREN AND ENSURE LUCK NOT BE WHAT DETERMINES THE RESOURCES, SUPPORT SCHOOLS BLACK LATINO CHILDREN NEED, ONE ANSWER. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING TODAY TO GIVE COMMENTS AND WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR SCHEDULE TO COME AND SPEAK WITH US. AT THIS TIME WILL HAVE OUR NEXT SET OF PANELISTS COME UP TO THE TABL. BYRON JOHNS, MONIQUE AHSTO, HASHIM JABAR ODOKHAN-EL AND CYNTHIA SIMONSON . AND WE WILL BEGIN WITH MR. JONES.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. ON THE HALF OF THE AND SYMBOL A DEFEAT IN THE BLACK BROWN COALITION FOR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE, I WANT TO OFFER THESE COMMENTS. ON A THANK YOU FOR THE WORK ON THE MODEL AND FOR THE COMMISSIONING OF THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE STRATEGY DATA ANALYSIS, WHICH EXPOSES SOME OF THE DEEPLY ROOTED PRACTICES THAT CREATE BARRIERS AND SYSTEMS THAT FOR DECADES HAVE UNDERGIRDED THE PERSISTENT DISPARITIES IN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR BLACK, BROWN AND LOW INCOME STUDENTS. THE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN LAID BARE. TO SEE THAT BLACK, BROWN AND LOW INCOME STUDENTS DID NOT RECEIVE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO THE MOST RIGOROUS COURSEWORK, NOR DO THEY RECEIVE ACCESS TO MCPS MOST EFFECTIVE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS. THE COALITION CHALLENGES MCPS, THE BOARD, AND ITS ASSOCIATION PARTNERS TO TRANSFORM A STRATEGIC PRIORITIES TO MAKE ITS HIGHEST FOCUS EXAMINING HIS POLICIES, PRACTICES, CONTRACTS, BUDGET SACRE, CULTURAL NORMS AND TO START DISMANTLING THE SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES THAT PERPETUATE THE DISPARITY IN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. WHICH FOR AS YOU KNOW, BLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF MCPS STUDENTS. WE URGE THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT USE THE OPPORTUNITY NEGOTIATING CARD CONTRACTS TO CREATE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENSURE RESOURCE DISPARITIES ARE NOT PERPETUATED BUT IN FACT ELIMINATED. ALSO, THE BOARD WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN IMMEDIATELY ACT TO ENSURE DECISIONS MADE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS STOP SYSTEMATICALLY DISADVANTAGING BLACK, BROWN AND LOW INCOME STUDENTS. I DON’T WANT IT TO BE LOST THAT THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE 6019 PROJECT. WHICH COMMEMORATES THE 400 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST ENSLAVED AFRICANS ARRIVED ON AMERICA’S SHORES. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED AS WAS MADE AT THE COUNTY COUNCILS MEETING TODAY THAT EDUCATIONAL DISPARITIES IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN SOME OF THE DISPARITIES AND COUNTIES, RACIAL INEQUITIES. AND LONG HISTORY OF RACISM. STATED IN OUR PREVIOUS LETTER, OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES HAVE A CRUSHING SENSE OF URGENCY TO HAVE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS GIVEN HIGHEST PRIORITY. AS EACH SCHOOL YEAR THAT GOES BY, IT ONLY GREASES THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP LOST POTENTIAL OF OUR THRIVING ADULTHOOD. WE ASK YOU TO COMMIT SIDE-BY-SIDE FOR US TO PUSH FOR EQUITY WORK.>>THANK YOU. MONIQUE AHSTON?>>HELLO. MY NAME IS MONIQUE AHSTON . I’M HERE TODAY AS PART OF THE NAACP PARENTS COUNCIL AND BLACK AND BROWN COALITION BUT I WANT TO START OUT BY THINKING SAMANTHA AND THE DOT FOR HAVING THE COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP FOR THE RECENT WORK TO DIG DEEPER ON THE DATA. TO UNDERSTAND THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP AND EQUITY ISSUE THAT I UNDERSTAND IT TAKES COURAGE AND I APPRECIATE THIS FIRST STEP. EQUITY ACCOUNTABILITY PORT REVEALS TREMENDOUS DISPARITIES IN PROFICIENCY IN MATH AND ENGLISH AMONG CHILDREN EXPERIENCING POVERTY, ESPECIALLY AMONG BLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS ARE THIS IS EVIDENT ACROSS MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS AND YES, EVEN IN SOME OF THE SCHOOLS IN OUR COUNTY WOULD EXPECT. THE DATA ALSO HELPS PROVIDE EMPHASIS ON THE Y COULD THE KEY FINDINGS MOST LIKELY AREBLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS LIKELY TO BE . [ INAUDIBLE ] EVEN ONE BLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS HAVE THE SAME SCORES AS THEIR PEERS, THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE ASSIGNED TO ADVANCED COURSES. THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF WILL. RESEARCH SHOWS THESE FACTORS WILL GO BEYOND WHAT A CHILD TAKES IN SCHOOL FOR THE IMPACT ON WHAT COLLEGE A CHILD ATTENDS, OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGHER SALARIES AND BE ABLE TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. THEY SHOW US THE WORK WE DO IN THIS ROOM AND WHAT WE DECIDE TO TAKE ON WILL AFFECT OUR STUDENTS ACROSS MCPS SCHOOLS AND WILL HAVE IMPACT ON MANY LIFETIMES. NOW THAT WE KNOW, IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CALL FOR ACTION. HAVE DATA THAT REVEAL STARK REALITIES THAT EXIST, A TALE OF TWO CITIES RIGHT HERE IN OUR MIDST. EDUCATION IS ONE OF MOST POWERFUL TOOLS TO HELP TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES, REDUCE POVERTY AND UPLIFT COMMUNITIES. WITH THE DATA SHOWS IS NOT ALL OUR STUDENTS HAVE OPPORTUNITIES, EVEN WHEN THEY WORK HARD FOR IT. THERE ARE SYSTEMIC THAT ARE KEEPING OUR STUDENTS REACHING THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL. I LISTED MY TESTIMONY SOME SOLUTIONS I DON’T THINK I WILL HAVE TIME TO GET TO ALL OF THEM, BUT WE DO NEED TO DEVELOP OUR OWN CALL TO ACTION. WHEN I SAW THE DATA I WAS EXPECTING A MASSIVE MEETING FOR US ALL TO GET TOGETHER. WE NEED TO MOVE ON THE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN. I APPRECIATE THEM, BUT WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE HELP EACH OTHER AS A COMMUNITY. WE NEED TO LEVERAGE ALL THE TESTING TO USE THEM AS OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHING AND WE NEED TO GET MORE TRANSFERENCE WAYS TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE NOT BEING LEFT OUT OF ADVANCED CLASSES WHENEVER IN THE GRACE TO BE IN THEM WHEN GETTING WE NEED TO EXPAND THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN REDUCING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS. WE NEED TO CREATE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HIRING, WHEN YOU LOOK AT SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND PREPARE STUDENTS AND HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE BIG SYSTEM AND WE NEED TO CONSIDER WRAPAROUND SERVICES. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. AND NORDSON SUPERINTENDENT SMITH, EQUITY DOES NOT REQUIRE EQUAL RESULTS. REQUIRES EQUAL ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF SUCCESS CANNOT BE PREDICTED BY RACE OR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. LET US WORK WITH URGENCY AND PURPOSE. THANK YOU.>>NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM HASHIM JABAR ODOKHAN-E. YOU CAN CORRECT ME ON THAT.>>THANK YOU. FIRST AND FOREMOST GIVING HONOR AND PRAISE. I AM HASHIM JABAR ODOKHAN-EL. THAT IS A LOT TO SAY. HIM THE FATHER OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE MCPS SCHOOL SYSTE. 1/7 GRADER AT KEENE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A KINDERGARTNER AT TRUE ELEMENTARY.I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RACIAL JUSTICE NO. IT’S A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO END THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE AND ANTIBLACK INSTITUTIONAL SYSTEMIC RACISM. I’M HERE TODAY TO GO ON RECORD BECAUSE I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT 1265, IT ADDRESSES BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENTS AND FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BOARD MEMBERS MS. EVANS AND MISS WOLF FOR RETURNING OUR EMAILS AND FROM MEETING WITH MYSELF AND MY WIFE AND I WANT TO GO ON THE RECORD TO SAY RACIAL JUSTICE NOW SUPPORTS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, CULTURALLY RELEVANT PRACTICES, INCREASING CULTURALLY RELEVANT COUNSELORS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. I’M DEEPLY CONCERNED AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION, MAINLY BECAUSE IT LOOKS DEEPLY FAMILIAR LIKE THE PROGRAM OF THE FBI. AND VERY DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THI. I’VE SENT A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO THE BOARD THIS MORNING THAT I HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO AN ADDRESS. BUT I WANTED TO KNOW AND HAVE A MOMENT TO GO BACK AND LOOK. WE DON’T WANT TO SEPARATE THIS BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT FROM HISTORY. IN AMERICA WE HAVE HAD BLACK CODES WHERE BLACKS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GATHER OR BE AMONGST EACH OTHER FOR ANY REASON. THAT WAS SIMPLY AGAINST THE LAW GOOD AND IF YOUNG BLACK STUDENTS LIKE MY SON, WHO HAS WHO IS TALL AND HAS LARGE FEET. IS TELLING THE MOST OF HIS TEACHERS AND CAN FOR ANY REASON BE CONSIDERED A “THREAT. IS VERY CONCERNING CONSIDERING THE JIM CROW SLAVER HISTORY IN AMERICA, THE USE OF HAND SIGNALS OR SIGNS THAT TEACHERS ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH MAY LABEL MY CHILD A ” THREAT AND I’M JUST DEEPLY CONCERNED LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERS ON HOW THIS INFORMATION IS TO BE SHARED, HOW THE THREAT ASSESSMENT OCCURS, WHEN A PARENT IS NOTIFIED.INFORMATION SHARED WITH ICE. IS THIS INFORMATION SHARED WITH THE SHARES OFFICE AND POLICE. IT’S JUST DEEPLY CONCERNING LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT ONLY IN OUR SCHOOLS BUT NOW THAT ACCESS TO OUR CHILDREN TO TURN THEM NOT A STUDENT NOT A HUMAN, NOT A PERSO, NOT A STUDENT ATHLETE BUT A “THREAT.” DISCONCERTING WITH THE HISTORY OF RACISM, POLITICS IN AMERICA. THANK YOU.>>AT THIS TIME WE WILL HEAR FROM CYNTHIA SIMONSON .>>GOOD AFTERNOON MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. LAST SEPTEMBER A MEMO SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL INCLUDED VERY POSITIVE INFORMATION RELATED TO THE GROWING NUMBER OF STUDENTS TAKING ALGEBRA ONE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE ALL APPLAUDED THE GROWING DIVERSE REPRESENTATION IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ALGEBRA ONE CLASSES AND CELEBRATED THAT EVEN WITH THE INCREASE IN STUDENTS, PARTICULARLY OF STUDENTS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY DENIED ACCESS, THE PASSING PERCENTAGE WITH A THREE OR HIGHER STAYED PRETTY CONSTANT BIRD FOLLOWING THE MEMO RELEASE, I FOLLOWED UP WITH THE BOARD AND DELEGATES, CAUTIONING WHILE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS PASSING WAS FAIRLY CONSTANT, THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS NOW COMING OUT OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT WILL NEED SUPPORT TO RE-TASK ALGEBRA ONE AND POSSIBLY COMPLETED BRIDGE PROJECT TO MEET THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT WAS ACTUALLY GROWING QUICKLY WITH SOME SCHOOLS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHERS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WAS NO INFORMATION REGARDING HOW SCHOOLS ARE BEINGEQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH THIS ADDITIONAL TASK . I STILL HAVE THOSE CONCERNS TODAY AND MORE. WITH ALGEBRA ONE SPECIFICALLY, INCLUDED IN THE PACK SOME OF THE STATEMENTS THAT FILLED MY INDEX IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE LATEST WASHINGTON POST STORY ON PARK PERFORMANCE. DRIZZLY MOST MESSAGES I RECEIVED WERE FROM PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN ACCELERATED TWO YEARS ABOVE GRADE LEVEL IN MATH WERE JUST WANTING A CHILD DID NOT MEET THE NEW ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT OF A FOUR OR FIVE. PARENTS ARE QUICKLY SORTING THROUGH THEIR OPTIONS AND HAVE QUESTIONS. SHOULD THE CHILD GIVE UP THEIR AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES, I WAS ONLINE COURSE, HAVE THE SATURDAY OPTION OF GOOD RESULTS, SHOOK MY CHILD TAKE ALGEBRA ONE AGAIN. UNFORTUNATELY GETTING INFORMATION IS HARD. IS ATTACHED TO THE COMMENT EXPERT, RELATED MATH QUESTIONS FROM TWO YEARS OF MY REPORTS DISTRIBUTED TODAY BORN AND DELEGATES.EVERY MONTH I PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE OR NOT WITH OUR RECURRING QUESTIONS SURROUNDING MATH. I FIRMLY BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO POINT PARENTS TO SOURCE DOCUMENTS SO PARENTS CAN DEVELOP CONTEXT, LEARN AND ENGAGE YOUR THE TRADITION OF EACH SCHOOL SHARING IS NOT VERY SYSTEM LIKE. WHEN THIS UNDERSTANDING OCCURRED, IT TAKES A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF EFFORT TO CORRECT. SO HERE’S MY ASS COULDN’T WE HAVE MATERIALS AVAILABLE SPECIFICALLY FOR PARENTS, THE CENTRAL OFFICE MEMOS AND PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE. THESE OFTEN PROVIDE THE NECESSARY CONTEXT TO HELP MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS BUT I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM THOSE MATERIALS, BUT HE HAD TO KNOW WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FO, WHO TO ASK AND STAY PERSISTENT UNTIL WE FIND THE. IS TO LET THE PARENTS DIG INTO THE DETAILS OF TOPICS LIKE ALGEBRA ONE AS MUCH AS THEY WANT TO READ THIS WILL EMPOWER PARENTS ASK BETTER QUESTIONS AND MAKE BETTER DECISIONS FOR THE CHILD TO KNOW COMMUNICATION IS HARD, AND NO INFORMATION COMING IS SLOW. LOTS OF THINGS ARE CHANGING AND NOW WE HAVE DIFFERENT GRADES WITH DIFFERENT PASSING THRESHOLDS.SO LET’S WORK TOGETHER SO PARENTS CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS AND BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.>>THANK YOU. AGAIN, WE THANK ALL OF YOU FOR COMING TODAY TO GIVE PUBLIC COMMENT ANDAT THIS TIME WE WILL HAVE OUR NEXT GROUP OF PANELISTS .>>I WANTED TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE ALGEBRA. FOR PARENTS THAT DON’T FOR KIDS THAT DON’T PASS, HOW WILL PARENTS GET COMMUNICATION IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY SHOULD DO OR WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE?>>SPECIFIC TO THE PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CURRENT SEVENTH GRADERS. THAT’S WHERE THE SHIFT IS AT THE STATE LEVE. AND THE SHIFT IN THE TESTING HAS BEEN NOT ALIGN WITH THE SHIFT IN THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE GRADUATES IN 2024 IN A DIFFERENT STANDARD. IN TERMS OF GETTING THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS PARK RESULTS, WHICH HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY THE TEST USED TO DETERMINE HIGH SCHOOL. THEY WILL GET THAT DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER THROUGH THOSE WILL BE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE SCHOOL TO THE FAMILY’S HOME IN THE MAIL AND THEY WILL HAVE THAT INFORMATION AND THEY WILL WORK SPECIFICALLY WITH THEIR SCHOOL ABOUT WHAT THAT CHOICE IS IN TERMS OF HOW TO INTERVENE WITH THINK ABOU WHETHER OR NOT YOU TAKE RETESTS . WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SEVENTH GRADERS, 94 PERCENT OF THE SEVENTH GRADERS THAT JUST COMPLETED SEVENTH GRADE SUCCESSFULLY MET THE STANDARD THAT WAS IN PLACE AND WHEN WE APPLY THE NEW STANDARD, THAT NUMBER IS 80 PERCENT. THAT THEY SHIFT RIGHT THERE FOR WE TALK ABOUT SEVENTH GRADERS, WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO IS CREATE BARRIERS THAT STOP STUDENTS FROM GETTING IN THE CLASS. FOR EXAMPLE YOU CAN DO THIS MATH, OBVIOUSLY, BUT I’LL JUST POINT OUT BECAUSE I THINIT’S A CRITICAL . BECAUSE THE STUDENTS WHO NEED TO RETEST DOES GO UP WHEN YOU INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS . LET’S SAY WE HAVE 1007 GRADERS LAST YEAR THAT NEEDED TO MEET THE STANDARD OF THREE, FOUR OR FIVE ON THAT. IF 95 OR 94.8 PERCENT OF THEM PASS, THAT WOULD BE 950 OF THEM REDONE AND 50 STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS, OPPORTUNITY AND MET SUCCESS. IF 5000 STUDENTS WERE IN THERE AND 80 PERCENT OF THE PAST, THAT WOULD BE 4000 STUDENTS WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL. NOT ONLY IS THIS PERCENTAGE IMPORTANT, THE NUMBER IS IMPORTANT, NAME IS IMPORTANT IN THE FACE IS IMPORTANT. IT’S A COMPLICATED SET OF ISSUES, BUT WE ARE ALREADY IN COMMUNICATION ABOUT FIXING THIS MISALIGNMENT THAT THEY HAVE CREATED AND AM CONFIDENT IT WILL GET FIXED. IT’S BEEN FIXED MANY TIMES IN THE 20 YEARS HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MARYLAND. WE WILL MOVE FORWARD. PARENTS ARE BEING NOTIFIED RIGHT NOW VIA MAIL AND PERSONAL CONTACT IF THEIR CHILD IS IN SEVENTH GRADE IN THIS SITUATI .>>THANK YOU FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TERMS OF ACCESS IN NUMBERS. WHAT ENCOURAGES MUCH COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES TO FAMILIES BECAUSE IF THEY GET THE MEMO, DO THEY READ THE MEMO, DO THEY UNDERSTAND THE MEMO, ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES TO ASK QUESTIONS, WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR MY CHILD WHEN THEY GET TO MEETING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. JUST THE MEMO IS NOT ENOUGH. ENCOURAGES MUCH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SO THEY CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND THEIR OPTIONS.>>IT TAKES A PERSONAL TOUCH. SPOKE FIRST I WANT TO START OFF BY THANKING OUR SPEAKERS. ESPECIALLY OUR STUDENTS. I APPRECIATED GETTING THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THEIR EXPERIENCES IN THE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS IN REFERENCE TO THE COURSES THEY ARE TAKING THINGS LIKE THAT. AND THANK THEM FOR THA. ALSO WANTED TO MAKE A QUICK COMMENT ON THE TESTIMONY IN REFERENCE TO THE CONCERNS ABOUT STUDENTS BEING LABELED A THREAT. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS COME ACROSS YOUR DESK THROUGH APPEAL. AND DO HAVE A REAL CONCERN AND I HAVE BROUGHT UP WITH OUR STAFF WHAT CONSTITUTES IDENTIFYING SOMEONE AS AN INTIMATE THREAT. THAT IS SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY OR EQUALLY AS IMPORTANTLY IS HOW WE ARE COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS. NOT JUST ON THAT ONE ISSUE BUT ON ANY OF THESE DISCIPLINE ISSUES WE HEAR ABOUT. I HAD ASKED IN THE PAST ABOUT WHAT WE DO IN TERMS OF WHEN WE CONTACT PARENTS AND WHAT THE GUIDELINES ARE FOR OUR SCHOOL SO WE HAVE BETTER CONSISTENCY BECAUSE SOME PRINCIPLES SEEM TO COMMUNICATE VERY QUICKLY AND A LOT AND SOME NOT QUITE AS MUCH. JUST LOOKING INTO THAT. THANK YOU.>>I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE, TO TESTIFY ALSO, BUT I ALSO WANTED TO RAISE THE POINT THAT WHEN THE THREAT ASSESSMENT ISSUE CAME UP, THAT WAS ONE OF THE CONCERNSI RAISED . THAT IT NOT RESULT IN A BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN BEING IDENTIFIED AS A THREAT. AND I BELIEVE WE WERE TOLD THEY WERE GOING TO BE MONITORING THE AND WE CAN EXPECT SOME DATA ON THAT IN VARIOUS PERIODS OF TIME.>>THAT’S GOOD TO KNOW BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN ASKING FOR A LITTLE WHILE WE HAVEN’T SEEN THAT.>>THE STATE WORKED ON THE SEVERAL YEARS AGO ABOUT SUSPENSIONS FOR LATINO AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS AND RESTORE JUSTICE IS ONE THING, BUT WE ARE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT SOME OF THE BEHAVIOR. THOSE ARE VERY SERIOUS. WE TAKE SERIOUS WORK WITH THOSE. THEN MADE TO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AFTER THAT. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT IN THEIR THINKING THE THREAT IS BEING ALLOWED TO BE IN THE SCHOOLS. AND THAT’S NOT IT. PEOPLE ON OUR STAFF DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW THESE KINDS OF THINGS WORK WITH OUR STUDENTS. ABM NOT BEING VERY CLEAR, BUT LET ME SAY THE FACT WE HAVE MORE AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO KIDS SUSPENDED MEANS WE ARE NOT DOING WHAT WE SHOULD DO WITH THE STUDENTS IN UNDERSTANDING THEIR BEHAVIORS MAY BE GOING A LITTLE BIT OFF ON THAT. I WANT TO SAY ADMINISTRATORS HAVE TO ACCEPT THE STUDENTS REFERRED TO THE OFFICE AND REFERRED TO THE OFFICE IN THE CLASSROOM. SOMETIMES IT’S AT A POINT WHERE ADMINISTRATORS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SAY WE HAVE TO HAVE YOUR PARENTS COMING, THIS IS SERIOUS. WE NEED TO WORK ON SOME OF THOSE ASPECTS BECAUSE WE HAVE PLENTY OF THE STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THEY DO NEED TO BE TREATED FAIRLY AND THEN THANKS TO THE STUDENTS AND OTHERS HAVE TALKED ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE NOT THERE AND IF YOU ARE BEING SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL YOU ARE NOT GETTING OPPORTUNITIES YOU NEED.>>THANK YOU. SEEN NO MORE LIGHTS WE WILL GO ON WITH OUR NEXT PANEL. I’M ASKING THAT RUBY RUBE, LEON PEACE AND YOICY QUINTERO. PLEASE COME TO THE TABLE. WHEN YOU’RE READY WE WILL START WITH MISS RUBY RUBEN.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. BOARD MEMBERS AND DOCTOR SMITH. I’M RUBY RUBEN SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE 1977 TWO ACTION GROUP IS A MEMBER OF THE BLACK AND BROWNEDUCATIONAL EQUITY COALITION . SPOKE TO YOU IN JUNE TO EXPRESS OUR CONCERN ABOUT THE ERS FINDINGS THAT FURTHER CONFIRM THE DEFICIENCIES IN RESOURCE ALLOCATIONS FOR SCHOOLS THE HOUSE MOST OF OUR BLACK AND BROWN IN HIGH POVERTY STUDENTS. THESE FINDINGS PROVIDE CLEAR EVIDENCE THE STATUS QUO IN BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE FOR DOCTOR SMITH, AS YOU BEGIN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING YOUR RECOMMENDED BUDGET TO THE BOARD FOR THE 2021 SCHOOL YEAR, WE URGE YOU TO ENSURE YOU ARE USING EVERY MEASURE OF EQUITY IN YOUR DELIBERATIONS. AS HE EMBARKED UPON NEGOTIATIONS WITH EMPLOYER ASSOCIATIONS, SHOULD BE IN UNDERSTANDING IT NEED NOT BE A WIN/LOSE SITUATION.BUT BOTH SIDES WIN WHEN THERE ARE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO ENSURE BETTER OUTCOMES FOR ALL STUDENTS WILL PROVIDING EMPLOYEES WITH THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BE SKILLED AND EFFECTIVE. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO HAVE THE MAJORITY OF OUR HIGH-LEVEL PROGRAMS AND EFFECTIVE TEACHERS LOCATED IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE COUNTY. WE MUST REMOVE EXISTING IMPEDIMENTS FROM OPPORTUNITY AND SUPPORT ENSURING OPTIMAL OUTCOME FOR BLACK AND BROWN STUDENTS.EXPECT YOU TO PUT IN PLACE THE EQUITY ACCOUNTABILITY THAT HOLDS EVERY EMPLOYEE ACCOUNTABLE FOR DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR EACH STUDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE RECOMMENDED BUDGET THE SUPERINTENDENT, WE URGE YOU TO ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS AND WHEN YOU EVALUATE THE RECOMMENDED RESOURCE ALLOCATIONS, WE HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE NEEDED REVENUE INVESTMENT BEYOND FUNDING DESIGNED TO OFFSET THE IMPACT OF POVERTY AND ACADEMIC DISPARITIES. YOU HAVE SPENT TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO OBTAIN THE DATA PROVIDED SO WE CAN NO LONGER ACT AS THOUGH WE ARE UNAWARE THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. YOU AS A BORN OF A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY THIS YEAR TO MAKE MEANINGFUL SYSTEMIC CHANGE TO PROVIDE RESOURCES AND DECISIONS TO ENSURE THE DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. LEON PEACE?>>PRESIDENT EVANS, DOCTOR SMITH, NUMBERS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. NOT LONG AGO THE CONCEPT NO SCHOOL AGE CHILD SHOULD START THEIR EDUCATION DAY WITHOUT BREAKFAST WAS NOT ONLY NOBLE BUT LARGELY UNTHOUGHT OF. WAS INITIATED BY CONCERNED COMMUNITY MEMBERS WERE MET WITH RESISTANCE. THE THOUGHT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD ONE DAY ADOPT SUCH A POLICY WAS BEYOND IMAGINATIO . INNOVATIVE THINKING AND ACTION BROUGHT US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY, ILLUMINATING ONE CRIMINAL ONE CRITICAL CONTRIBUTE FACTORS TO THE EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS IN THE SYSTEM HAS BECOME WERE SEGREGATED IT AND REMINDED ONCE IN OF THE 1963 WORDS OF DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING REFERRING TO THE TIME FROM 1853 TO 1954 AS A. THAT CREATED RACIAL SEGREGATION. HE OBSERVED THAT SEGREGATION AS NOTHING BUT SLAVERY COVERED UP WITH COMPLEXITY. I MUST ADMIT ECONOMIC SEGREGATION WITH RESPECT OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS COUNTY ARE A SUBSTANTIAL CONTRACTING FACTOR TO THE SO-CALLED ACHIEVEMENT GAP. LARGELY FUELED BY INDIFFERENCE. THOSE WITH OPPORTUNITY MAY NOT OF TAKEN DIRECT ACTION AGAINST THOSE WITH LESS, HOWEVER, THEY REMAIN WILL UNAWARE COME IN DIFFERENT TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES RESULTING FROM THE COMPLEXITY OF CERTAIN PROCEDURES AND RULES THEY PUT IN PLACE. FOR EXAMPLE, ACTIVITIES HERE ARE VERY EXPENSIVE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL SPONSORED REPORTED PROGRAMS DENY AND REFUSE CERTAIN CHILDHOOD CHILDREN OPPORTUNITIES. INDEED, LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES AS THEY HAVE BEEN ADVERTISE. IF A CHILD CANNOT AFFORD THE HIGH COST OF SUMMER CAMP AND DECIDES TO INTENT SUMMER SCHO , THEY’RE FACED WITH FEES THAT ARE ALMOST AS EXPENSIVE AS CAMP PICKING THAT OPTION UNAVAILABLE. IN SCHOOL SPONSORED CAMPS THAT ADVERTISE WITH THE WORDS “BEST VALUE FOR MONEY CAMP AROUND.” MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE THAN EVER WITH THESE WAYS TO SAVE BIG OF A MINIMAL PRICE REDUCTION FOR $25 OFF PER WEEK ON A $425 COST AFTER YOU ROGER FOR REGISTER FOR TWO OR MORE WEEKS A CAMPER AFTER $45 APPLICATION FEE PER CAMPER. SINGLE DAY FEE WAS $54. ACTIVITY SUCH AS HORSEBACK RIDING AND THE COST OF $495 PER WEEK OR EVEN BASKETBALL CONDUCTED PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES IS A WEEKLY COST $169 BUT ACCORDING TO THE ADS ONES CAN REGISTER FOR SEVEN WEEKS OF CAMP AND SAVE FOR THE COST IS $1525. ACHIEVEMENT GAP IS FILLED A FEW OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THOSE THAT DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THE UNNECESSARILY HIGH COST OF VALUABLE, EVEN LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED THROUGH OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. RECOGNIZING THERE IS LITTLE INCENTIVE TO CONFRONT THESE REALITIES, I CALL UPON THE SCHOOL BOARD TO TAKE ACTION TO ELIMINATE THESE INEQUITIES AND WE ARE NOT CHOSEN FOR THE CONDITION YOU NOT ROCK THE BOAT. SIT IDLY BY AND GO ALONG WITH THE STATUS QUO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM YOICY QUINTERO. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] >>GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M AN IMMIGRANT FROM VENEZUELA HAVING ARRIVED A YEAR AGO BUT MY NAME IS YOICY QUINTERO AND I’M THE MOTHER OF A STUDENT IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I’M PART OF THE LATINO AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO THE COLLISION. MY CONCERN AROSE AFTER MY SON WAS JUST ENTERED SEVENTH GRADE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FINISHED SIXTH GRADE WITH A 3.50 AVERAGE, WHICH I UNDERSTAND IS ABOVE AVERAGE FOR STUDENTS OF HIS AGE AND GRADE. THE SIDE ADVANCING FROM ESA WANT A SO4 IN ONE YEAR, WE ARE CONGRATULATED BY THE TEACHERS AND THE COUNSELOR. NO EVER, FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR HE DID NOT OFFER HIM SUBJECTS THAT WOULD LET HIM DEVELOP IN COMPREHENSIVE WAYS JUST LIKE HIM, THERE ARE MANY CHILDREN THAT HAVE SETTLED FOR THE FACT THERE SCHOOL OF ATTENDANCE DOES NOT OFFER ADVANCED PROGRAMS. THEREBY CONDEMNING THEM TO A LOWER SCHOOLING LEVEL TO THE ONE THEY DEMONSTRATE A CAPACITY FOR. THANKS TO IDENTITY, I HAVE LEARNED TO FINALLY RECOGNIZE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM OFFERS MORE THAN 160,000 STUDENTS WHO LIVE IN IT. BUT NEVERTHELESS AND FOR MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND OBSERVED THERE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE TO EVERY STUDENT BUT ACCORDING TO THE MCPS PUBLICATION, WITH LATINOS AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE EXCLUDED FROM ADVANCED SUBJECTS SINCE THE FOURTH GRADE. REGARDLESS OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL OR SCHOOL RECORD. IN THE SITUATION THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL WITHOUT THOUGHT TO THE FACT THIS CREATES FRUSTRATION AND DISCOURAGEMENT IN THE YOUTH PEOPLE. THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO AVOID HAPPENING TO MY SON. WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF ADVANCED LEVEL PROGRAMS IF NOT ALL STUDENTS ACCESS TO THEM. MY SCREEN STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE HIGH LEVEL STUDIE. THE ADVANCE LOCATION COURSES MUST BE FOR EVERYONE. OTHERWISE WE ARE CREATING TWO TYPES OF STUDENTS. THE ADVANCED IN THE NON-ADVANCED, WHICH IN MY VIEW REINFORCES THE FEELING OF REJECTION THAT MANY STRUGGLED DURING THEIR LIVES.HOW CAN YOU KNOW OF STUDENTS POTENTIAL IF YOU DON’T GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE A. I’M SURE IN THOSE SCHOOLS WITH A LOW PERCENTAGE OF ACHIEVEMENT, THERE ARE LATINO STUDENTS THAT PUT IN THE EFFORT. LIKE MY SON DOES. IF THERE ARE PROCEDURES THATARE NOT WORKING FOR PROCEDURES NOT PROVIDING THEM WITH THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES , LET’S CHANGE THEM TOGETHER IN WHAT THE CLOTHES. [ INAUDIBLE ] EVERY STUDENT WILL HAVE THE ACADEMIC, CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING AND SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN CAREER. BUT AS LONG AS OUR LATINO STUDENTS CONTINUE BEING TREATED AS SECOND-CLASS STUDENTS , IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE A UTOPIA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. AND AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO THANKEVERYONE FOR COMING TODAY TO GIVE PUBLIC COMMENT . YOU MAY ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR AFTERNOON. THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM NUMBER SIX. BOARD SUPERINTENDENT COMMENT. WE WILL BEGIN BOARD COMMENTS.>>GOOD EVENING, COLLEAGUES. I DEFINITELY WANTED TO THANK ALL THE STUDENTS I CAME HERE TODAY FROM ALL THESE SCHOOLS. THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY I KNOW THIS IS PROBABLY A STRUGGLE FOR THEM AS IT IS FOR ME AS WELL TO REARRANGE CLASSES, BUT AM HAPPY THEY MADE IT OUT HERE TODAY. I WANTED TO SHARE A FEW THINGS THAT HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE PAST FEW WEEKS AS IT WAS THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. IS A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR MCPS TO READ ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT HAS HAPPENED IS I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET OUT OF HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS. NOT IN A COMPLETELY FORMAL WAY, BUT TO WALKTHE HALLWAYS . IF I WERE ONE OF THEIR STUDENTS WITH ANOTHER STUDENT AND TO REALLY GET TO SEE HOW STUDENTS ARE FEELING THE FIRST WEEK. AND ALL I GOT WAS POSITIVITY FROM STUDENT AFTER STUDENT IN HALLWAY AFTER CAFETERIA. IT WAS A GREAT TIME TO GET OUT INTO THE SCHOOLS. ALSO WANTED TO SHARE THAT LAST NIGHT WE HAD THE ADVISORY COUNCIL, WHICH I KNOW I SHARED WITH YOU ALL ABOUT. WE ALL CONVENED LAST NIGHT. I INVITED OUR COLLEAGUES TO THE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING. WHICH MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL AND THERE WERE OVER 200 STUDENTS IN ATTENDANCE, WHICH IS A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT BECAUSE THAT SHOWS THERE ARE DEFINITELY STUDENTS ENGAGED I ASKED THEY BE HERE ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL JUNE WHEN MY TERM ENDS. THEY SAID THEY WOULD BE SO I WILL HOLD THEM TO THEIR WORD. BUT I DEFINITELY KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF STUDENTS ENGAGED COURTESY LIKE THE TOP THREE ISSUES WHEN QUESTIONING MRS. O’NEILL AND MRS. EVANS AND WHEN QUESTIONING MYSELF AS WELL. WE ARE RANGING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE ALL THE WAY UP INTO INFRASTRUCTURE IN THEIR SCHOOL SPIRIT THE STUDENTS WERE ENGAGED AND WE KNEW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT. I’M HAPPY THEIR WORDS WERE COHESIVE AND REALLY OUT THERE. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH IT FOR ME. HAPPY THE FIRST WEEK WENT WELL BUT I HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO BE IN SCHOOL SPIRIT I WILL TRY MY BEST TO KEEP GOING. I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. MISS DIXON?>>THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I TOO WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO EVERYONE IN MCPS FOR WHAT SEEMS TO BE VERY, VERY SMOOTH OPENING OF SCHOOLS. MIND DOGGY GEORGE AND I WERE LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW ON THE FIRST DAY AND WE CAN SEE A MCPS SCHOOL BUS THAT WAS SITTING OUT THERE WAITING TO PICK UP STUDENTS FOR THE DRIVER WAS SO EXCITED. HE WAS DRIVING OUT OF PAINT BRANCH AS WELL AND WE HAD A CHANCE TO REMINISCE A LITTLE BIT. I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE TEACHERS COMMIT TO THE PRINCIPLES, THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS ANDSUPPORT STAFF . AS WE SAID, THE WHOLE WEEK SEEMED TO BE SEAMLESS IN TERMS OF MINIMAL ISSUES. SOMETIMES I LIKE TO BE OUT AFTER SCHOOL IS OUT AND SEE SOME OF MY YOUNGER NEIGHBORS COME BACK AND ASK THEM HOW THEIR DAY WENT PRETTY DID THAT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AND THEY WERE VERY HAPPY. THAT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE AS WELL. SO THE OTHER COMMENT I HAD. I WAS GOING TO MAKE DURING BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, BUT I THINK IT WILL BE MORE APPROPRIATE WHEN WE HAVE THE HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION ON CHOICE . WE HAD MS. EVANS AND I MEETING WITH SOME PARENTS AS WE BEGIN TO FOCUS IN ON THE BOUNDARY ISSUES WITH CLARKSBURG NORTHWEST AND SENECA VALLEY AND WE HAD SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RAM AT SENECA VALLEY. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE WHEN SCOTT COMES ON TO ASK THOSE QUESTIONS AT THAT TIME. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU.>>Rebecca Smondrowski: I’M GOING TO ECHO THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE. THANKING EVERYONE FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO TO MAKE SURE THE SCHOOLS OPEN ON TIME AND SEAMLESSLY AND ARE THERE AND HAPPY TO SEE OUR STUDENTS AND SUPPORT THEM. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A FABULOUS FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL SPIRIT FROM EVERYONE I HEARD FROM THEY DID, WHICH IS NICE AND ENCOURAGING PRE- LASTLY I WANT TO WISH A HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO DOCTOR SMITH, WHIC WAS YESTERDAY AND DOCTOR McKNIGHT . [ INAUDIBLE ] >>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. MRS. O’NEILL>>Patricia O’Neill: IT WAS WONDERFUL COMING TO THE ADVISORY LAST NIGHT . THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE STUDENTS WAS AMAZING AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME. THE OTHER ISSUE IS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH THAT WAS RAISED. THAT FROM YEAR TO YEAR HAS BEEN AN ISSUE. I CERTAINLY AM TO BE WELL OF 365 THAT WE WILL HAVE UPDATE. I DON’T KNOW THE STATUS OF A MENTAL HEALTH DAYS.>>IS GOING TO BE A MENTAL HEALTH WE CAN WE ARE WE WILL BE GETTING MORE INFORMATION AS IT COMES ALONG. IT WILL BE IN NOVEMBER.>>Patricia O’Neill: THAT WAS AN ISSUE THAT WAS RAISED. THE OF THING IS AS WE ARE SITTING HERE ON THE EVE OF 9/11, I WOULD BE REMISS TO NOT MENTION ON 9/11 WE WERE CONVENED AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND IT WAS SHOCKING TO US. WE WERE IN CLOSED SESSION FOR DOCTOR WEEKS KNOCKED ON THE DOORS AND SAID YOU HAVE TO TURN ON THE TV. ONE PLANE HIT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. WE TURNED ON THE T.V. AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THE SECOND PLANE HIT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND HE WAS TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY COMMAND FOR THE COUNTY. CELL PHONES WERE NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS AT THAT TIME. WAS STILL ILLEGAL BASED ON MARYLAND LAW. AND YET ON 9/11 ALL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, CELL PHONES WERE PULLED OUT OF BACKPACKS AND STUDENTS ATTEMPTED TO CALL THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE THE CELL PHONE SYSTEM SORT OF CRASHED BECAUSE OF OVERUSE, BUT AS RECENTLY AS THIS MORNING, IN OUR CLIPPINGS THERE WAS AN ARTICLE THAT THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT CHANGES IN OUR CELL PHONE POLICIES AND REGULATION. I KNOW FAIRFAX COUNTY HAS MADE A CHANGE, BUT IT’S BEEN REPORTED IN THE MEDIAN. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME PARENTS THAT ARE ADVOCATING THAT CELL PHONE POLICIES BE CHANGED AND I HAVE TO SA, SOMEONE WHO LIVED THROUGH 9/11 HERE AS A PARENT AND MORE IMPORTANTLY LIVED THROUGH THIS D.C. SNIPER WITH A MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILD WHO WAS A WALKER, I HOPED WE WOULD REALLY BE CAREFUL ABOUT GETTING COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK FROM ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTY FROM DIVERSE PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS. I KNOW CELL PHONES CAN BECOME A NUISANCE IN OUR CLASSROOM AND WE CERTAINLY DON’T WANT THAT, BUT I DO KNOW THAT SOME ADULTS ALSO NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL ABOUT THEIR CELL PHONE YOU SPIRIT ESPECIALLY AS I SEE ADULTS TEXTING WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING. SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE PEOPLE THINK WE ARE IN MAKING CHANGES. IT’S ACTUALLY A PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICES. I THREW THAT OUT FOR THE OTHER THING IS LAST NIGHT AND HE AND I WERE HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE PERSONAL STATEMENTS OR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS THAT I SAID BOTH MY DAUGHTERS AND GRADUATED FROM WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL, THEY BOTH TOOK AP ENGLIS. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER IT WAS JUST A WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL THING OR AT ONE POINT IN TIME IT WAS ACROS, BUT AT WHITMAN AT THE TIM, THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT AND SENIOR ENGLISH WAS TO WRITE A PERSONAL ESSAY FOR THAT COULD BE SUITABLE FOR THE COLLEGE APPLICATION. AND I WONDERED, DO WE STILL HAVE THAT ACROSS SCHOOLS?>>I THINK SOME SCHOOLS.>>SOME SCHOOLS DO. BUT KENNEDY WAS NOT DOING IT FOR MANY KIDS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION APPLICANTS COLLEGE, STUDENTS WHO MAY BE DON’T NEED TO HAVE THEIR PARENTS MAKING THEM ABOUT IT. I JUST WONDER IF WE COULD HAVE AN UPDATE. DO WE STILL DO THAT AND ARE ALL SCHOOLS MAKING THAT. WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING ALL OUR KIDS IN THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS. SOME MRS. SYLVESTER SHAKING HER HEAD. MOTHER IS 11TH OR 12TH GRADE WERE IN BUT SOMEWHERE. IS IT ACROSS SCHOOLS?>>WE WILL DEFINITELY DO A FOLLOW-UP SO YOU KNOW WHAT THE STATUS RIGHT NOW SCHOOLS.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU.>>Judith Docca: I WANTED TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO CAME TO SPEA. I THINK THE STUDENTS BROUGHT SOME REALLY GREAT POINTS UP THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT REGIONAL IV AND THE SUGGESTION WAS WE MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE SAME RIGOR AS THE IVS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A WHILE BUT RICHARD MONTGOMERY AND ANOTHER THAT IS OPEN CURRENT I DON’T KNOW BUT I CAN’T REMEMBER RIGHT NOW. BUT WE KNOW WE HAVE IVS IN OTHER SCHOOLS, BUT WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THE TEACHERS HAVE TO BE TRAINED THE SAME WAY IF THEY ARE GOING TO BE TEACHING IV FOR THE TESTS ARE THE SAME AND THE SCORES ARE THE SAME FOR THE STUDENTS. THEY ARE NOT GETTING A FREE RIDE WHEN THEY GO INTO THESE IV PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT AT INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS. WE HAVE HAD IV PROGRAMS FOR A LONG TIME. I THINK THE STUDENTS AT KENNEDY TALKED ABOUT THE PREPARATIONS THEY WERE GETTING FOR THE. SOME OF THEM HAVE PROGRAMS IN THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL SPIRIT SOME OF THEM DON’T. BUT THEY ARE BEING MADE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS I NEED TO DO TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A PROGRAM IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT’S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL. REALLY APPRECIATED THE KENNEDY AND SPRINGBROOK STUDENT WHO TALKED ABOUT THE OFFERINGS AT THAT SCHOOL AND HOW THEY HAD ANOTHER IDEA ABOUT THE EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOLS, BUT WHEN THEY GOT THERE THEY FOUND THEY WERE REALLY WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM. AND WE NEED TO HEAR MORE AND MORE OF THAT. I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE WHOLE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO CAME OUT TODAY TO TALK ABOUT BLACK AND BROWN OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN HERE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SINCE 1969. IN 1974 HE WORKED UPSTAIRS ABOVE THIS ROOM IN HUMAN RELATIONS.WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THAT LONG TIME.WE HAVE MISS RUBENS HERE AND EVERYBODY ON THE BOARD KNOWS THE CHIEF. AND THAT DATE WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE THE BLACK ACTION STEPS WERE WRITTEN DURING THAT YEAR. IN THE SAM’S THINGS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NOW. ACHIEVEMENT, CHOICE PROGRAMS, SUSPENSIONS, ARE STILL BEING TALKED ABOUT. THAT WAS IN THE 1977 BLACK ACTION STEPS. AND THEN WE STARTED HAVING MORE LATINO STUDENTS AND SOME OF THE CONCERNS OF THE SAME IN TERMS OF ACHIEVEMENT AND READING AND MATH IN OTHER AREAS IN THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY GET FROM IT I’M JUST GLAD TO SEE THE COMMUNITYHAS COME TOGETHER ON THIS . WE NEED TO DO THIS TOGETHER. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. THE BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN ARE MORE THAN 52 PERCENT. MAY BE MORE THAN THAT. THE OTHER PART IS HISPANIC HERITAGE. I DIDN’T GET TO BREAK IN AT THE TIME, BUT LATINO PARENTS AND BEEN HERE FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. YOU CAN LOOK AT SAINT AUGUSTINE AND FLORIDA, WHICH IS THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OCCUPIED CITY IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH WAS FOUNDED BY SPANIARDS WHO CAME HERE. AND ALSO JUST TAKING FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH IS IN CALIFORN . JUST ABOUT EVERY CITY THAT IS IMPORTANT CALIFORNIA WAS THERE WHERE THEY SET UP COMMUNITIES AROUND RELIGIOUS CHAPELS AND CHURCHES. THEY ALSO CONTRIBUTED IN SOIL CONSERVATION AND WATER CONSERVATION. BECAUSE PAIN IS A VERY DRY COUNTRY. HAS FIVE RIVERS, BUT OTHER PLACES THEY JUST DON’T HAVE THE KIND OF STREAMS AND CONNECTIONS WE HAVE HERE. BUT THEY TAUGHT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE WEST HOW TO ARRANGE, HOW TO CONSERVE WATER. OTHERWISE WE WOULD HAVE HAD THE KIND OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE UNITED STATES. AND ITS CONNECTED TODAY BECAUSE WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT THE WESTERN PART OF THE UNITED STATES, THEY ARE STILL LACKING IN WATER. AND THE MORE PEOPLE THAT MOVE INTO THOSE AREAS, THE MORE DESPERATE WE ARE TO HAVE WATER FOR THOSE AREA. THE LAST THING I’LL SAY IS THAT THE COUNTY COUNCIL THIS MORNING HAD A CELEBRATION OR A COMMEMORATION OF 400 YEARS OF BLACK HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAD IT AT 10:00 A.M. AND WE COULD NOT ATTEND HER IN AND DID HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH COUNCILMEMBER JAWANDO LAST WEEK AND DID TELL HIM WE WERE SO SORRY WE COULD NOT COME. WE WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE BEEN THERE BECAUSE IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. ESPECIALLY IN THE KINDS OF THINGS WE ARE DOING VERY THE POST HAS BEEN COVERING JAMESTOWN VERY CAREFULLY AND THAT WAS 1619. SOME YOU PROBABLY HAVE SEEN THAT. THESE ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER AND IS OUR ISSUES RELATED TO THE HISTORY IN THIS COUNTRY AND TO SLAVERY. I DID READ IN THE PAPER HOW UPSET SOME PEOPLE ARE THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SLAVERY AT MOUNT VERNON AT MONTICELLO. THIS IS A PART OF OUR HISTORY. WE CAN’T JUST IGNORE IT. THEY ARE BEING HONEST ABOUT IT THAT THESE PLACES. 400 YEARS OF BLACK HISTORY IN THIS COUNTRY ARE VERY SIGNIFICANT AND WE ARE STILL WORKING TOGETHER.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU.>>Karla Silvestre: THANK YOU. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I’M THE PARENT OF A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR THIS YEAR. COLLEGE, COLLEGE, COLLEGE HAS TAKEN OVER OUR LIVES. PIGGYBACKING ON WHAT MRS. O’NEILL SAID, IN TERMS OF WHAT WE THINK WE ARE DOING TO GET OUR STUDENTS READY FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER, BUT ALSO HOW WE ARE ENCOURAGING THEM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IT I’M LOOKING AT AND OBSERVING ANDREFLECTING , BUT I GUESS I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE SYSTEM TO WHAT ARE WE DOING ACROSS THE BOARD BROKEN ONE OF THE WOMEN THAT TESTIFIED TODAY WAS TALKING ABOUT THE LACK OF RIGOR FOR HER MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE IT MAY BE BECAUSE HE’S AN EASEL. I’M NOT SURE THAT’S A QUESTION FOR ANOTHER CONVERSATION. WHAT ARE WE DOING TO REALLY MAKE SURE OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THE COLLEGE GOING OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES. BUT ACROSS THE BOARD. ARE JUST CERTAIN KIDS GETTING AT, IS IT GETTING DOWN ALL THE DIFFERENT LEVELS. ANYWAY, AS I EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND SENIOR YEAR XPERIENCE, I MAY BE MORE REFLECTIVE FOR OUR SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. THANK YOU.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. THIS WOLF QUICK.>>Brenda Wolff: GOOD AFTERNOON. AND JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY THAT TESTIFIED. I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY IN MCPS FOR A SMOOTH OPENING OF THIS WILL BE. I’M PROBABLY GOING TO SAY ONE THING IS A, IN REGARD TO WHAT MS. O’NEILL SAID THAT MIGHT UPSET SOME PEOPLE, BUT I THINK IT’S A POINT THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE AND LOOKED AT. YOU WILL KNOW YOU MENTIONED YOUR DAUGHTER HAD THIS IN YOUR DAUGHTER HAD THAT, YOUR DAUGHTER GOES TO GLUTEN, YOUR GHOST OF THE FEST. YOU HAVE TO WONDER.I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER IN LOOKING AT THE SERVICES WE ARE PROVIDING ON ONE SIDE OF THE COUNTY VERSUS THE OTHER SIDE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO NAME ANY OTHER SCHOOLS, BUT I DO THINK THAT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT NOW THAT IT HAS BEEN RAISE. I’M SURE I WILL GET ALL KINDS OF EMAILS ABOUT MAKING THIS STATEMENT. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO MENTION IS I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FAITH COMMUNITY TO ATTEND WHAT THEY CALL THE SWEET HOUR OF PRAYE. THIS IS A SERVICE THAT HAS OCCURRED EVERY YEAR, I BELIEVE IT OR WANT TO SAY FOR 11 YEARS WERE NOT GONNA SAY HOW MANY IMPORTANT BUT IT STARTED AFTER THE COLUMBINE SHOOTING. WHAT THIS IS IS A MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE GETS TOGETHER AND THEY PRAY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS THIS WAS WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE, BUT I WAS ASKED TO COME AND PRAY FOR THE STUDENTS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY. NOT JUST THE STUDENTS OF MCPS, BUT ALL STUDENTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND. AND I DID IT AND I’M ACTUALLY VERY PROUD OF MYSELF. I CAN ALSO TELL YOU YOU CAN FIND ANYTHING ON GOOGLE TO HELP YOU OUT IF YOU NEED IT. BUT I DID HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND I WANT TO SAY A PRAYER FOR THE STUDENTS AND I ALSO PRAYED FOR THE TEACHERS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE WARRIORS ON THE FRONT LINE. THANK YOU.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. DOCTOR SMITH?>>Jack Smith: IT’S VERY EXCITING TO HAVE THE WORST WEEK OF SCHOOL COMPLETED AND ACROSS THE SYSTEM OBVIOUSLY THERE WERE THINGS THAT NEEDED ADJUSTMENT IN DIFFERENT PARENTS HAD DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES WE’VE BEEN INTERACTING WITH, BUT OVERALL THE OPENING OF SCHOOL WAS VERY SMOOTH AND I REALLY WOULD BE REMISS TO FIGHT AND THANK OUR 23,000+ EMPLOYEES IN ALL THE MANY FAMILIES AND EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT CHILDREN EVERY DAY IN THIS PROCESS OF GOING BACK TO SCHO . JUST LIKE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE NUMBERS AFFILIATED WITH THE OPENING OF SCHOOL PRAYER LAST TUESDAY WE WELCOMED MORE THAN 164,000 PRE-K THROUGH 12TH GRADERS. PEOPLE GET CONFUSED AND FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I HEAR DIFFERENT NUMBERS, BUT THE FACT IS WE COUNT KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE AND WE COUNT PRE-K AND THEN WE ADD THEM TOGETHER. RIGHT NOW WE ARE DOING THAT PROCESS OF SORTING THROUGH THAT. RIGHT NOW VALIDATED BY ATTENDANCE AND THE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE WE HAVE OVER 160,000 STUDENTS THAT COULD GROW OR IT COULD DIMINISH. RIGHT NOW THAT’S A RECORD HIGH FOR THE SYSTEM HAVING THIS NUMBER OF STUDENTS. IT IS ACTUALLY ABOUT 2003 HAVE MORE STUDENTS WE HAD LAST SEPTEMBER 30 AND BEGAN ABOUT SIX OTHER STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR LAST YEAR NET GAIN. SO AS WE THINK ABOUT ALL THESE NUMBERS, WE WILL KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON IT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE COUNTING EVERY STUDENT APPROPRIATELY AND ALSO DIFFER 30TH WE WILL TELL THE STATE THIS IS HOW MANY STUDENTS WE HAVE OFFICIALLY FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR AND THAT IS WHAT OUR STATE FUNDING AND LOCAL FUNDING IS BASED ON. WE OPENED 130,000 SQUARE FEET OF AN SNOWDEN FORM ELEMENTARY AS WELL AS ADDITION. AND SO THOSE ARE ADDITIONAL SPACES. WE HAVE OTHER NEW SPACES, RENOVATED SPACES AND ADDITIONAL SPACES BEING CONSTRUCTED RIGHT NOW THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO TALK A LOT ABOUT. AND THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT SCHOOLS IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNT, THE NORTH AND THE COUNTY, THE EAST OF THE COUNTY AND THE WEST OF THE COUNTY IN THE PAST WEEK. IS JUST SO ENCOURAGING AND INSPIRING ONLY SEE STUDENTS, THE STAFF MEMBERS COMING TOGETHER IN THE REAL POSITIVE IMPACT SCHOOLS CAN AND SHOULD HAVE ON STUDENTS WE HAVE A LOT OF COUNTY LEADERS JOIN US IN SCHOOLS AND I’M SO EXCITED FOR THEM TO SEE THE GOOD WORK OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND APPRECIATE THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE AND MANY OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE IN SCHOOLS LAST WEEK AND HAD CHANCES TO SEE THE FACILITIES, THE STAFF, STUDENTS AND THE ACTIVITY GOING ON. OBVIOUSLY OUR MISSION IS TO UNCHANGED. IS TO REACH ALL STUDENTS.A COUPLE OF THE COMMENTS I WANT TO RESPOND TO, THE WORK WE DO, THE PARENTS THAT SPOKE ABOUT HER MIDDLE SCHOOL SON. WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE CHILD BETWEEN ZERO AND 12 YEARS OF AGE AS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON WHETHER OR NOT THECHILD GOES TO COLLEGE . AND MANY OTHER FACTORS MATTER, BUT IN TERMS OF ACADEMIC PREPARATION, IF YOU REACH THE SEVENTH OR EIGHTH GRADE AND YOU ARE NOT FOUNDATIONAL HE PREPARED, THAT IS A PROBLEM AND THAT IS ONE OF THE MANY EFFORTS AROUND OUR NEW CURRICULU, OUR INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE, OF CULTURAL PROFICIENCY, RESTORATIVE PRACTICES AND OVERVIEW WEALTH 65.ALL THOSE MATTER AS WELL AS HAVING THE PROGRESS MATHEMATICS AND LITERACY BACK WHEN YOU GET THERE. WE TALKED ABOUT CELL PHONES, AND HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND OTHERS ABOUT THAT. WILL THE QUESTION I WAS ASKED ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS FAIRFAX CHANGE THIS OPEN POLICY, ARE YOU GOING TO CHANGE YOUR SCREEN AND I SAID WELL, WE ARE ALWAYS WORKING ON ALL OUR POLICIES AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE CELL PHONE ISSUES WITH OUR STAFF MEMBERS AND WITH OUR COUNTY COUNSEL PTA.IS A LOT OF DEBATE WITHIN THAT VERY GROUP ABOUT WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL. WHAT WE WANT TO FIND OUT IS HOW DO WE WORK WITH STUDENTS TO HELP THEM SEE THAT COMPUTER THEY HOLD IN THEIR HAND EVERY DAY IS A REAL RESOURCE FOR LEARNING, BUT ALSO AS A REAL DISTRACTION FROM BEING IN THE MOMENT IN LIFE AND LEARNING. I SAW AN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL LISTEN LAST WEEK. IN WORLD HISTORY CLASS. ACTUALLY REFERRED THAT ALREADY TO INSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY WERE A TEACHER VERY CLEARLY EXPLAIN TO STUDENTS HOW THAT CELL PHONE CAN BE A TOOL OF WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR LEARNING OR A CONSTANT DISTRACTION TO YOUR MIND AND YOUR ATTENTION. SO WE’RE GONNA LOOK ACROSS OUR SYSTEM THIS YEAR START WITH THAT TEACHER FOR OPPORTUNITIES WHERE TEACHERS ARE TEACHING THOSE LESSONS ARE VERYPOWERFUL . AND SHOOT THE COMPLETE ATTENTION OF THE STUDENTS AND THEY WERE UNDERSTANDING SHE WAS SAYING TO THEM ABOUT HOW IT INTERFERES WITH THEIR LEARNING WHEN IT IS NOT USED APPROPRIATELY. I THINK THAT IS THE KEY TO ANYTHING WE WANTED TO A CELL PHONE SINCE TALK ABOUT HOW DOES IT WORK IN YOUR JOB, IN YOUR SCHOOLWORK, IN YOUR LIFE. WHEN IS IT HELPFUL AND WHEN IS IT BECOME A BARRIER TO BEING IN THE MOMENT AND APPRECIATING AND ENJOYING WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AT THIS MOMENT AS OPPOSED TO LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE THAT IS OUT THERE SOMEWHERE. I THINK THAT WAS A WONDERFUL THING. I ALSO WANT TO SAY 55 PERCENT OF OUR STUDENTS AT THE END OF LAST YEAR WERE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR HISPANIC LATINO. IF YOU ADD STUDENTS THE ADDITIONAL STUDENTS OF OTHER RACES WHO ARE IN POVERT, WE ARE AT ABOUT 59 PERCENT OF OUR STUDENTS AND AS STUDENTS OF COLOR, STUPOR STUDENTS OF POVERTY OR BOT. THAT GIVES YOU SOME REFERENCE POINT ON THAT BECAUSE DOCTOR DOCCA REFERENCE THAT. AND FINALLY TO LAST THINGS. I HAD THE CHANCE TO BE AT ASBURY LAST NIGHT WERE WE HAVE MANY OF OUR SENIOR MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY LIVING. ABOUT 200 OF THEM CAME TOGETHER FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH DOCTOR POLLARD FROM MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, DOCTOR EDELSTEIN FROM UNIVERSITY AND ABOUT ME ABOUT THE ASUS PROGRAM. YOU HAVE AN IMPORTANT SCHOOLS. IS ANOTHER AREA OF EXPANSION AND NEED FOR US AS A SCHOOL SYSTEM AS WE LOOK AT THE 21 BUDGET. AND I LEARNED ABOUT THE BELOVED COMMUNITY INITIATIVE. AND WE ARE GOING TO ENGAGE WITH ASBURY TO TRY TO SPREAD THIS ACROSS THE COUNTY WITH THE FOLKS GO INTO GAITHERSBURG AND OTHER ELEMENTARIES IN THAT COMMUNITY WORK CLOSELY WITH CHILDREN WHEN THEY HAVE EXPANDED MIDDLE SCHOOLS NOW THEY’RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EXPANDING THE HIGH SCHOOL SPIRIT WAS VERY EXCITING TO GET TO SHARE THE WORK OF THE ASUS PROGRAM ACROSS 14 HIGH SCHOOLS, BUT ALSO TO HEAR FROM THEM ABOUT THEIR COMMITMENT TO OUR CHILDRE. IT WAS VERY INSPIRING WHEN I LEFT THERE AFTER THE MEETING. AND ALSO WANT TO SHARE IN TERMS OF THE WILL 365, THESE ARE PROTOTYPES OF BOOKMARKS WE ARE MAKING. ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WILL SEE THESE. IT’S OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP OR DO YOU NEED HELP BUT SCHOOL HOME. AND THEN THE OTHER SIDE IS MY NAME IS JACK SMITH, I’M A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST. I’M HERE TO LISTEN, HELP YOU, TALK TO YOU. ALL CHILDREN, THIS IS ONE OF OUR HE WILL 365 PERVASIVE EFFORTS TO SPREAD THIS INFORMATION TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE SYSTEM AND THEIR HAND. I REALLY WANT TO COMMEND AND PUSH ALL THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THESE EFFORTS TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT TO EVERYONE IN A VARIETY OF FORMAT, LANGUAGES, SYSTEMS. BECAUSE AN EMAIL OR A POSTER TO A BULLETIN BOARD DOESN’T DO IT IN THE WORLD WE LIVE AND WORK IN TODAY. WE HAVE TO PERVASIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE. SO WANT TO THINK THE PUBLIC FOR THE WORK THEY ARE DOING IN THIS AREA.>>Shebra Evans: VERY GOOD. WILL BE QUICK, BUT I WANTED TO WELCOME EVERYONE BAC. I CAN ASSOCIATE MYSELF A LOT WITH WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID. THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR DOING THE SUPERINTENDENT AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE DAY ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. AND WILL TELL A FUNNY STORY. AND GOT THE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TIME WE SHOULD ARRIVE AND I TEXTED HIM ON FRIDAY NIGHT TO SAY WHATEVER YOU CAN THERE, I WANT TO MEET YOU WHEN YOU GET THERE TO VERIFY. HE SAID 5:15 AM. I SAID OKAY. I’LL MAKE SURE I’M THERE. WHERE I LIVE, I GOT UP AT 338 INCHES TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT I COULD GET TO QUINCE ORCHARD AT 510, 5:00. YOU KNOW WHAT, FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 3:30 A.M. I THOUGHT ABOUT MANY OF OUR BUS DRIVERS GETTING UP AND HEADING TO THEIR VARIOUS DEPOTS. IT REALLY MADE ME THINK ABOUT ALL THE HARD WORK AND PREPARATION THAT GOES INTO GETTING OUR SYSTEM READY AND PREPARED FOR THE 164,000+ STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ONLY THEM, BUT ADMINISTRATORS THAT ARE WORKING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. EVERYBODY IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. WHEN WE GOT TO QUINCE ORCHARD, THE ADMINISTRATORS CAME OUT TO GREET US AT ABOUT 5:10 PM AS THOUGH IT WAS 9:00 IN THE MORNING. VERY CHIPPER AND EAGER AND READY TO WELCOME ALL THE STUDENTS. IT REALLY WAS AN EXCITING TIME. I HAD NEVER WITNESSED THE SENIORS DO WHAT THEY DID. EVERYBODY COMES EARL. THEY HAVE UNTRUTHS OTHER SIMILAR AND THEY CRASH THE HALLS. THEY ARE GIVEN A SPIEL AND KIND OF RAISE EXCITEMENT OF THEIR SENIOR YEAR. THEY ALL CRASH AND ROLL THROUGH THE HALLWAYS. WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING TO WATCH THEM. IT WAS REALLY EXCITING TO BE THERE ON THE FIRST DAY AND GO ACROSS THE COUNTY AND SEE ALL THE GREAT THINGS GOING ON. WE KNOW AS BOARD MEMBERS WAS GOING ON, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THE COMMUNITY HAS OFTEN ABLE TO SEE AND HEAR ALL THE GREAT THINGS GOING ON. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW OUR KIDS ARE IN GOOD HANDS AND AM ALWAYS IN AWE OF EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON IN OUR CLASSROOM. SO JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT IT WAS AN EARLY MORNING, BUT IT DEFINITELY WAS WORTH IT. AND I JUST APPRECIATE ALL THE HARD WORK THAT GOES ON HERE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. AND I WILL MENTION REAL QUICKLY THAT WE DID ATTEND THE SWAMP ADVISORY TOWN HALL WITH OUR STUDENT BOARD MEMBER. IT’S A TESTAMENT TO YOUR LEADERSHIP THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT CAME OUT AND THEY KEPT COMING AND THEY KEPT APOLOGIZING FOR THERE IS ONLY STUDENTS I DIDN’T KNOW IT WOULD BE THIS MANY. I SAID THIS IS GREAT. THIS IS YOUR LEADERSHIP. CERTAIN OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WILL GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO AND SPEAK WITH OUR STUDENTS. BUT THEY WERE SO ENGAGED. THEY WERE SO READY AND PREPARED. I’M SURE YOU HAVE A STACK OF CARDS.>>IS GOING TO MENTION THAT. THERE’S A STACK OF CARDS OF PROBABLY 200 CARDS OF QUESTIONS. I WILL PUT THAT ALL IN A FILE.>>Shebra Evans: I JUST WANT TO SAY WELCOME BACK TO EVERYBODY AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT YEAR. SPOKE WE HAVE A SHORT VIDEO OF THE HIGHLIGHTS THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SCHOOL LET’S SEE IT!>>WELCOME BACK TO OUR STUDENTS, STAFF AND ALL VISITORS ON THIS WONDERFUL FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.>>WE ARE JAMMING ON THIS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! VERY GOOD. I DID WANT TO SAY TO, WE WENT TO QUEENS ORDER HIGH SCHOOL, SHADY GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL, WE WENT TO OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND IN BROWN’S STATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. HE SAW A WOODLOT OF RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. MY DAUGHTER IS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHE CAME HOME AND SAID SHE DIDN’T HAVE HOMEWORK AND I SAID WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT SHE DID. AND SAID THAT’S IMPORTANT. YOU WANT YOUR TEACHERS TO GET TO KNOW YOU.EARLY ON TO BE ABLE TO DO ALL THAT HARD WORK. IN THE COMING WEEKS. I THOUGHT THAT WAS GREAT. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, WE WILL ASK BOARD MEMBERS. I WILL START WITH DOCTOR DOCCA IF YOU HAVE COMMITTEE UPDATES.>>YESTERDAY POLICY COMMITTEE MEETS THIS WEEK ON THE 12TH AT 3:00 WHERE WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT DURING OUR POLICY ON THAT. AND ON TRANSFERS AND I BLANKED OUT ON THE FIRST ONE.>>THANK YOU, CALENDAR.>>DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMITTEE UPDATES?>>WE DON’T HAVE OUR MEETING THIS MONTH. WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE AT THE NEXT ONE SPOONED MS. WOLF QUICK.>>Brenda Wolff: THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON SEPTEMBER 17. AS AS DOCTOR SMITH SAID, WE NEED PERVASIVE COMMUNICATION EFFORT. WILL BE LOOKING AT WHAT WE HAVE IN PLACE.>>WE HAVE YOU BY A DAY. SEPTEMBER 16.10:00 A.M.. PHYSICAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.>>Rebecca Smondrowski: SPECIAL POPULATIONS WILL BE MEETING OCTOBER 10.>>Shebra Evans: GREAT. THANK YOU. WE CAN MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER SEVEN. ITEM OF DISCUSSION. THE CHOICE UPDATE. DOCTOR SMITH?>>Jack Smith: AS OUR TEAM COMES FORWARD TO SHARE WITH US AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE WITH THE CHOICE AND THE CHOICE ACTIONS THAT HAVE COME OUT OF THAT, I’M PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO BECAUSE THREE YEARS AGO TODAY YOU WERE MAPPING OUT A SCHEDULE OF HOW TO RESPOND TO THE MARCH 2016 STUDY. AND IF WE WERE TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE CALENDAR AND THE MAP WE CREATED AT THAT TIME, A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE IN THIS AREA. THE FOLKS IN FRONT OF YOU AND BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN NETWORK. ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, INCLUDING THE 2017 EDUCATION STRATEGY GROUP REPORT. JUST SO MUCH WORK HAS BEEN DONE.AND TODAY WE ARE GOING TO TALKPRIMARILY ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS . BUT THIS IS ABOUT EXPANDING ACCESS, CREATING OPPORTUNITY, SUPPORTING ALL OUR STUDENTS IN ALL PLACES BECAUSE THE POTENTIAL OF OUR STUDENTS IS PROFOUND. IT’S ABSOLUTELY PROFOUND. AND SOME GOING TO ASK DOCTOR McKNIGHT TO FRAME THIS CONVERSATION AND TURN IT OVER TO THE TEAM. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WORK.>>ALL RIGHT. IT’S EXCITING TO DIVE INTO THE CONVERSATION. HAD A COUPLE WEEKS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH AN EXPANSION OF IV PROGRAMS. WE HAVE HAD ROBUST DISCUSSIONS AROUND THE REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF WHY WE NEED TO DO THIS. AS DOCTOR SMITH MENTIONED, WE NEED TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AND EXPAND ON WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THESE PROGRAMS AND BUILD OUT EVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIE. WITH THAT SAID, I WANT TO FRAME UP A FEW THINGS. GLASGOW PLAN IS A CONTINUATION OF EFFORTS UNDERWAY AT THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL. EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY OPTIONS AND ACCESS TO ENRICH INSTRUCTIONS, BOTH AT THE LOCAL SCHOOL AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS. SIMILAR TO THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL EFFORTS, HIGH SCHOTRATEGIC PLAN WILL INCREASE THE ABUNDANCE OF PROGRAMS BY OFFERING GREATER ACCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS AND REGIONAL MODELS CLOSER TO WHERE STUDENTS LIVE. WOULD BUILD THIS INTENTIONAL NETWORK ORIGINAL PROGRAMS TO PREPARE STUDENTSFOR COLLEGE AND THE WORKFORCE , IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE FOUNDATIONAL TO THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAN IS THE COLLEGE AND CAREER PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS IN EVERY LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL IN THE VAST MAJORITY OF STUDENTS TO ATTEND THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS. SO IS THE PRESENTATION GO THROUGH THEY WILL SHARE DATA WITH YOU ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING WITH ACCESSING PROGRAMS AND LEADS YOU TO OR NEED IN TERMS OF WHAT WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION TODAY. I MUST SAY THE TEAM, WE ARE HAVING DISCUSSIONS IN OUR INTENTION UPFRONT PLANNING FOR THESE PROGRAMS IS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TAKEN FROM WHAT WE LEARNED IN OUR CURRENT MODELS MAKING SURE WE PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL AND EXPANDING OUR NEW PROGRAMS TO THE POINT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE AS THE DOCTOR STATED EARLIE, STAFF WHO ARE TRAINED WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO HAVE THE GREAT EXPERIENCE THAT WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO PROVIDING. WITH THAT SAID, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO DOCTOR NAVARRO. TO GIVE US MORE INFORMATION.>>THANK YOU. SO THE TEAM IS GOING TO PROVIDE YOU AN UPDATE AND I WANTED TO EMPHASIZE BEFORE WE GET IN THE DETAILS, THE FIRST TWO SLIDES THAT CAME UP WITH YOU ARE REALLY TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMES THAT GROUND THIS WORK. WE ALSO WANT TO GET DOWN INTO SOME CONVERSATION AND DETAILS ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE PROCESSES WILL LOOK LIKE. AS WE BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS, WE WANT TO ADD WITH WHAT IS NEXT. A COUPLE OF THE NOTES I HAVE TAKEN FROM PARENTS, PARENTS SITTING AT THE BOARD TABLE AS WELL AS CURRENT. [ INAUDIBLE ] IS THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTS WANTING TO KNOW WHAT IS NEXT BUT HOPEFULLY AT THE END WHEN WE TRANSITION ALL THE WAY THROUGH , JEANNIE FRANKLIN IS HERE TO CLOSE US OUT AND TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION THAT WILL HAPPEN WITH FAMILY THAT ARE MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE STUDENTS READ WITH THAT I WILL TURN IT TO NIKKI HAZEL.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. I JUST WANT TO VARY QUICKLY INTRODUCE THE TEAM. WE HAVE MR. SCOTT MURPHY,THE DIRECTOR OF SECONDARY CURRICULUM . MRS. WENDY WHO IS OUR DISTRICT WIDE AP AND IB COORDINATOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF APPLICATION PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. I DID IT. [LAUGHTER] VERY LONG. AGAIN, WE WERE HERE IN MAY TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING. WE HAVE COME BACK TODAY TO TALK ABOUT OUR PLAN AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT’S A LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PLAN THAT REALLY TAKES US TO 2025 AND BEYOND. WE LOOK AT 2025 AS THE YEAR WE WILL HOPE TO OPEN CHARLES W WOODWARD HIGH SCHOOL. IN ADDITION TO THE WE WANT TO TALK TODAY ABOUT LIVING A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE STRONG PROGRAMS IN EVERY SCHOOL. WE WANT TO EXPAND THE OPTIONS AND THE ACCESS ORIGINAL PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS AND WE WANT TO ENSURE WE ARE STREAMLINING MARKETING AND APPLICATION PROCESS AND MAKING IT AN EQUITABLE PROCESS. TODAY’S CONVERSATION WILL FOCUS ON PHASE ONE OF A PROCESS, WHICH WILL BEGIN IN THE FALL 2020. NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. WITH OUR RISING NINTH GRADE STUDENTS. IN PHASE 1 WILL FOCUS ON OUR REGIONAL COLLEGE AND CAREER READY HIGH SCHOOL WITH A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SENECA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. A NEW PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH WHEATON HIGH SCHOOL IN THOMAS EDISON HIGH SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY. AND ALSO, IN ADDITION TO THE RICHARD MONTGOMERY COUNTY WIDE REGIONAL PROGRAM , WHICH WE WANT TO SAY UPFRONT WILL REMAIN A COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. WE ALSO WANT TO EXPAND SOME OF OUR OTHER PROGRAMS AND REGIONAL PROGRAMS. WE ARE REALLY HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THOSE REGIONAL PROGRAMS. FOR TODAY’S DISCUSSION, WE WILL SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. WE WILL SET SOME CONTEXT AROUND OUR INITIATIVE. WE WILL TALK ABOUT OUR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN WITH OUTREACH AND MARKETING AND THEN WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE TIMELINE AND NEXT STEPS. JUST VERY BRIEFLY ABOUT STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT WE HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY SINCE MAY TO TALK WITH A NUMBER OF STAKEHOLDERS AND GO TO A NUMBER OF EVENTS WE HAVE HEARD FROM COMMUNITIES ABOUT THE LAST PRESENTATION WE PROVIDED IN THE FEEDBACK WITH THE WAS THEY WANTED MORE DETAIL. AND SO TODAY WE ARE COMING TO PROVIDE MORE DETAIL ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS AND I WANT TO REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT DRIVES WHERE WE MOVED IN THE FUTURE. SO I’M GOING HANDED OVER TO MR. MURPHY.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. SO IS MRS. HAZEL MENTIONED, THERE ARE TWO PRIORITY INITIATIVES WE ARE GOING TO COVER IN DEPTH THIS AFTERNOON. FIRST IS THE EXPENDED AXIS TO THE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESSPROGRAMS AND A NEW REGIONAL MODEL . SECOND IS THE EXPANSION OF THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM TO THREE ADDITIONAL REGIONAL SITES ACROSS THE DISTRICT. FIRST I WANT TO JUST RECAPTURE OUR VISION FOR CAREER READINESS CORRECTLY WELLS THAT WILL OPEN IN 2020 IS MRS. HAZEL MENTIONED THAT THE NEW SENECA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AND A NEW PARTNERSHIP THAT IS FORMED BETWEEN WHEATON AND THOMAS EDISON. AS WE DISCUSSED AT THE MAY 30 MEETING, IS A TREMENDOUS SENSE OF URGENCY TO EXPAND ACCESS TO COLLEGE AND CAREER PATHWAYS THAT ARE RESPONDING TO THE CHANGING ECONOMY AND PREPARING STUDENTS TO GET AN EARLY EDGE IN LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH THAT EARLY EDGE IS NOT JUST ABOUT PREPARING FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE DEGREE, BUT IT’S ABOUT GETTING A HEAD START IN HIGH DEMAND CAREER SECTORS, EARNING INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIO, EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT IN HIGH SCHOOL, ENGAGING IN INTERNSHIP, FRIENDSHIPS AND OTHER EXPERIENCES IN THE REAL WORLD THROUGH THESE ARE THE TYPES OF EXPERIENCES STUDENTS ARE ASKING FOR AN EMPLOYERS WANT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT THE CHANGING ECONOMY IS THAT THE PATH TO SUCCESS IS NO LONGER TO SEPARATE PATHS. IT IS NO LONGER AN EITHER OR. IS NOT AT THE COLLEGE OR VOCATIONAL TRACK. IN TODAY’S WORLD IT’S BOTH. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. STUDENTS IN THE ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE TO BE PREPARED FOR COLLEGE, BUT ALSO THE TECHNICAL SKILLS, PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCES TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN THE WORKFORCE. EMPLOYERS TELL US ALL THE TIME THEY DON’T JUST WANT THE ACADEMICS AND DEGREES BUT THEY WANT THE COMPLETE PACKAGE. IN ORDER TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THIS REALITY, YOUR REIMAGINING HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE AND LEVERAGING NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES LIKE SENECA VALLEY OR WOULD OPEN THE LAST YEAR AND EDISON. AS WE LOOK WITHIN OUR DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE KNOW THE MOST EFFECTIVE MODELS WERE RIGOROUS, RELEVANT, HIGH DEMAND CAREER READINESS PROGRAMS THAT WERE CONFERENCE OF A NATURE WHERE STUDENTS ATTEND FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE STARTING IN NINTH GRADE. AT THE CENTERPIECE OF EXPANDING AXIS IS THE NEW SENECA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL OPENING IN THE 2021 SCHOOL YEAR. AS WELL AS NEW PARTNERSHIP WE DISCUSSED BETWEEN WHEATON AND EDISON ALSO TO BEGIN THAT YEAR. EACH THESE LOCATIONS WILL OFFER FOR YOUR COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE THE HIGHEST DEMAND APPEARED BOTH AMONG STUDENTS AND IN THE HIGH WAGE, HIGH DEMAND CAREER OUTLETS OF THE FUTURE. WHILE ALL LOCAL STUDENTS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO ALL PROGRAMS, SELECTED PROGRAMS WE OFFER CREATING A NEW REGIONAL BOTTLE DURING AN UPCOMING CATCHMENTS OR BY SENECA VALLEY SHE DID ON THE MAP ANOTHER CATCHMENTS SERVED BY THE WHEATON EDISON PARTNERSHIP, WHICH IS ON THE MAP THAT YOU HAVE. THE PROGRAMS OF THESE TWO SITES WILL GENERALLY MIRROR EACH OTHER WITH 100 125 SEATS AVAILABLE TO RISING NINTH GRADE STUDENTS EACH YEAR AT EACH LOCATION. THIS REGIONAL APPROACH WILL ELIMINATE BARRIERS THAT HAVE EXISTED WITH THE CURRENT EDISON MODEL IN WHICH STUDENTS HAVE HAD TO TRAVEL GREAT DISTANCES IN THIS TIME IN THEIR DAY TO ATTEND ON A PART-TIME BASIS WILL STAY ENROLLED AT THEIR HOME SCHOOL. IS NEW REGIONAL APPLICATION PROGRAMS WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL FULL-TIME IN A CONFERENCE FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE, BLINDER AND EARTH GRADE TO BEGIN THE PROGRAM IN NINTH GRADE. SUPPLICATION PROGRAMS WILL BE INTEREST BASED AND MANAGED CENTRALLY THROUGH STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS FROM OUTSIDE THE LOCAL SCHOOL AREA WILL BE MADE BY LOTTERY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE CURRENT PART-TIME MODEL WILL REMAIN IN PLACE CREATING THE ADDITIONAL ON RAMPS WE WANT FOR STUDENTS LATER ON IN GRADES 10 OR 11. TO THESE NEW APPLICATION PROGRAMS, THERE WILL BE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IN A COMPREHENSIVE EXPERIENCE. FOR 2020, 2021, THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE THE APPLICATION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS WITH 100 TO 125 SEATS AVAILABLE FROM OUTSIDE THE LOCAL SCHOOL DURING STUDENTS WILL BEGIN APPLYING FROM THE EIGHTH GRADE THIS FALL TO BEGIN PROGRAMS WITH NINTH GRADERS NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AT EITHER SENECA VALLEY WITH WHEATON EDISON PARTNERSHIP BASED ON WHERE THEYLIVE WITH THE APPLICATION PROGRAMS ARE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE , HEALTHCARE, HOSPITALIT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CYBERSECURITY AS WELL AS PROJECT LEAD THE WAY. AGAIN, WITH 100 125 SEATS EACH YEAR. THESE ARE OF THE HIGHEST DEMAND FOR STUDENTS IN THE JOB MARKET REFLECT EXTENSIVE INPUT AND FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED FROM EACH OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITIES HE WOULD I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE COSMETOLOGY OR AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES WERE JROTC AND OTHERS WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN THE CURRENT MODEL FOR FOR EXAMPLE, APARTMENT EDISON OR SENECA VALLEY THE SCHOOL SITE GAITHERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL. IS PART OF OPTIONS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR STUDENTS IN ADDITION TO THE NEW APPLICATION PROGRAMS THAT WILL LAUNCH NEXT YEAR. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO HIGHLIGHT SENECA VALLEY IN PARTICULAR GIVEN THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE BOUNDARY DECISION COMING LATER THIS FALL IN ADDITION TO THE NEW PROGRAMS AND PROCESSES I DISCUSSED. FIRST IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE SENECA VALLEY CURRENTLY HAS ANY GRETS RIGHT IN AND PROGRAMS AND WILL REMAIN IN PLACE. SUCH AS THE IB DIPLOMA EVENTUALLY BRINGING IN THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM AS PART OF THE IB, ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES MONTGOMERY COLLEGE INSTITUT, OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE CAREER LIKE PROJECT LEAD THE WAY, JROTC AND OTHERS IN VERY POPULAR ELECTIVES AND PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS, THEATER, MUSIC AMONG OTHERS.ALL THESE PROGRAMS WILL REMAIN AT SENECA VALLEY. WITH EXPENDED ENROLLMENT IN A NEW FACILITY, IT WILL GROW MORE ROBUST. STUDENTS IN CLASSROOM MEANS MORE OPTIONS ANDCOURSE OFFERINGS THAT CRITICAL MASS OF STUDENTS GRADES VIBRANT PROGRAMS . WE ALSO KNOW THERE IS SIMULTANEOUSLY A BOUNDARY ANALYSIS COINCIDING WITH THESE PROGRAM CHANGES AND DECISIONS COMING LATER THIS FALL. AS A RESULT, A PROACTIVE COMMUNICATION PLAN IS UNDERWAY FROM OUR OFFICE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER IN OUR DEPARTMENT THE COMMUNICATIONS TO ENSURE THE COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY THE BOUNDARY DECISIONS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATER COMMUNITIES ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE PENDING CHANGES BOTH WITH BOUNDARY DECISIONS AS WELL AS NEW PROGRAMS AND PROCESSES COMING TO SENECA VALLEY. THIS COMMUNICATIONS HAVE RAMPED UP WITH THE OPENING OF SCHOOL AND WILL CONTINUE WITH BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT , PT ESSAY MEETINGS, FOCUS GROUPS ON THE GROUND LEVEL IN THOSE COMMUNITIES AND OTHER EVENTS PLANNED IN THE COMMUNITIES WITH THE TIMELINE ON THE RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN IS AN EXCERPT EXAMPLE OF A FIRE AND OTHER COMMUNICATION VEHICLES THAT LAUNCHED AS OF THE OPENING OF SCHOOL LAST WEEK BRINGING TOGETHER THE BOUNDARY AND PROGRAM CONVERSATIONS HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME. FOR I WRAP UP, I ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW OF THE OTHER CENTRALLY MANAGE CAREER READINESS PROGRAMS THAT ARE GOING ACROSS IN C.P.S. ONE INCLUDES A CAREER READINESS EDUCATION ACADEMY ARE WHAT WE CALL KOREA, FOR OLDER ENGLISH IN WHICH LEADERS WERE UNLIKELY TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE TURNING AGE 21 AND THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION, GED PREPARATION AND A FULL CAREERPATHWAY WITH INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION , WHICH IS EXPANDING FROM ITS CURRENT SITE AT EDISON TO SENECA VALLEY THIS YEAR. ALSO WANTED TO MENTION THE EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAMS WHICH HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS ATTEND MONTGOMERY COLLEGE FULL-TIME ONLY TO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS OR DO QUITE IS NOT OFFERED AT ALL THREE MONTGOMERY COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND MULTIPLE DEGREE PROGRAMS, WHICH IS CREATING REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO GROW THE OTHER REGIONAL PROGRAMS YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THE LAST COUPLE YEARS SUCH AS THE NATION PROGRAM, THEFIRE ACADEMY , THE PATHWAYS IN TECHNOLOGY AND OTHERS. LASTLY, I WANTED TO MENTION WHAT ALL THESE PROGRAMS HAVE IN COMMON, MOTHER IS TRADITIONAL MAGNET PROGRAM TO THE NEW PROGRAMS AT SENECA VALLEY OR WHEATON AND EDISON, OTHERS I MENTIONED.WHAT THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THEY WILL BE PART OF A ONE-STOP SHOP OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND APPLICATION PROCESSES IN ORDER TO BETTER STREAMLINE THE COMMUNICATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES FOR STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY MULTIPLE PROGRAMS OR ONE COMMON APPLICATION. I ALSO WANTED TO NOTE ALL THESE PROGRAMS FROM THE MAGNETS TO THE CAREER PROGRAMS TO THE NEW REGIONAL OPTIONS I JUST DISCUSSED WILL ALL BE ON THE SAME TIMELINE SO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES RECEIVE INFORMATION ALL AT THE SAME TIME. NEXT WE ARE GOING TO TRANSITION TO THE OTHER MAJOR COMPONENT OF PHASE 1, WHICH IS THE EXPANSION OF THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM TO REGIONAL SITES IN ADDITION TO THE COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM AT RICHARD MONTGOMERY. I WILL TURN IT OVER TO MRS., OUR DISTRICTWIDE A PID COORDINATOR.>>GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD PRESIDENT, DOCTOR SMITH, DOCTOR McKNIGHT AND MEMBERS. THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM IS IN NEED OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS IN ALL PROGRAMS HAVE EXTERNALLY VALIDATED CURRICULUM. THEIR INTERNAL EXAMS AND EXTERNAL EXAMINERS THAT ARE INTERNATIONALLY BENCHMARKED MAKE WILL: MEASURES FOR A STUDENT OF FOREMAN FOR A 100 PERCENT OF OUR TEACHERS ARE TRAINED TO RECEIVE STANDARDIZED TRAINING FROM THE IV. IV DIPLOMA TEACHERS HAVE TO BE TRAINED TO TEACH THE COURSE AND WE CENTRALLY MANAGE THIS RESOURCE TO ENSURE WE HAVE ACCESS TO PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTY. IV EDUCATORS ACROSS THE COUNTY COME TOGETHER TO PLAN, ANALYZE DATA, SHARE BEST PRACTICES WITHIN MCPS AND OUTSIDE THE MID-ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION OF WORLD SCHOOLS. IV DIPLOMA PROGRAM IS A TWO-YEAR PROGRAM IN 11TH AND 12TH GRADE FOR THE PROGRAM REQUIRE STUDENTS TO TAKE SIX COURSES FROM THE REQUIRED CORE THEY ALSO TAKE WHAT WE CALL IS THE IV CORE, WHICH IS THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE, COMMUNITY ACTION SERVICE AND COMPLETE THE EXTENDED ESSAY COULD STUDENTS COMPLETE EXAMS WILL INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY TO MAKE THE FOUR FULL GRADE FOR THE DIPLOMA IS AWARDED BASED ON THE PERFORMANCE OF ALL PARTS OF THE PROGRAM. IS EXAMS ARE VALIDATED AND DEVELOPED BY THE IV AND THIS IS THE SYSTEM ACROSS THE WORLD. RECENTLY IN MAY OF THIS YEA, THE IV BOARD OF GOVERNORS CAN SEE MACOMB COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THEY WANTED TO SEE IB IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND A LARGE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. DURING THIS MEETING, FOCUS ON THE CONVERSATION WAS NOT ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY. ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS QUESTIONED US AND SAID WHAT CAN WE DO IF THE IB BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS AND INCREASE ACCESS. HISTORICALLY, IB HAS CHARGED STUDENTS A FEE FOR REGISTRATION ON TOP OF THE EXAM FEE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF A STUDENT REGISTERED FOR AN EXAM THAT YEAR THEY WOULD HAVE A REGISTRATION COST AS WELL. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE IB BOARD OF GOVERNORS HEARD OUR CRY AND SAID WHEN WE SAID ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN MCPS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IS THE COST OF THE REGISTRATION COST ON TOP OF THE EXAMCOST . EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY, THEY ARE ELIMINATING THE CALL WORLD WIDE. WHICH MEANS ADDITIONAL MORE ACCESS FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE MORE EXAMS OR PURSUE THE FULL DIPLOMA. IN MCPS WE ALSO HAVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANT FOR BOTH EXAMS. TO HEAR, WE WANTED YOU TO HEAR WHAT THE IB MEANS FOR STUDENTS. SO WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE WHO IS A GRADUATE.>>AND FIND IF THERE WAS IB PROGRAM HERE. IT INTERESTED ME BECAUSE IT HAD A WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVE BUT ALSO OFFERED A CURRICULUM THAT WAS COMPLEMENTARY TO THE DIFFICULT AP COURSES. AFTER I GRADUATED I WORKED IN THE HOTEL BUSINESS FOR A WHILE LOCALLY HERE IN THE AREA. FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS I WORKED IN ABU DHABI FOR A FUND MANAGING A PORTFOLIO AROUND THE WORLD. MY RESPONSE ABILITIES ARE MOSTLY FOR THE US AND AUSTRALIA PREFER HOTELS THE OWNER. ONE OF THE THINGS THE PROGRAM HELPED ME WITH WAS TO GIVE ME A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, WHICH I FOUND HELPED ME FOR THE OTHER THING I WOULD SAY IS THE IB PROGRAM WILL EMPHASIZE THE CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING SKILLS AS I PROGRESS IN THE BUSINESS CAREER. THE SEVEN KEY SKILLS. I RECENTLY SPOKE TO A LOT OF MY CLASSMATES IN THE IB PROGRAM. IS IMPRESSIVE WHAT THEY ARE ALL DOING PROFESSIONALLY PRINTED CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND WAY THE IB PROGRAM HELPED US THINK PARTLY BECAUSE THE GREAT TEACHERS WE HAD A WALK AND SNO . EVERYONE SAID WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THEIR CURRENT CAREER. WHETHER THEY ARE MEDICINE, ONE OF MY CLASSMATES HAS A PHD IN NEUROSCIENCE, ONE OF THEM IS AN IT SPECIALIST. AND THEY WERE ALL REALLY UNIFIED AND SAY IN THE IB PROGRAM WAS SPECIAL FOR THEM AND THEY LOOK BACK AT THE TIME THE PROGRAM AT WATKINS MILL AS BEING EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO THEIR CAREERS TODAY. IF SOMEONE WAS THINKING ABOUT JOINING, I WOULD ENCOURAGE IT. WOULD SAY IS A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE.FOR ME IT WAS INFORMATIVE ONE. IS A FUN TIME TOO. IS A GREAT GROUP OF TEACHERS AT WATKINS MIDDLE. I WOULD ENCOURAGE IT. THINK IT HELPS GIVE YOU INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO LOOK INTO IT.>>DOCTOR SMITH RECENTLY SPOKE ABOUT ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY IN A RECENT MEETING. SHE SAID IF WE DON’T HAVE ACCESS, YOU CAN’T INCREASE GIVEN THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING A JOINT WITH ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY IT WILL LEAD TO RESULTS IN ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL. THIS SHOWS COMPARISON OF EXAMS FROM 2016 TO 2018 GRADUATING CLASS THAT TOOK AT LEAST ONE AP OR AP EXAM. AS YOU CAN SEE, FOCUS GROUPS CONTINUE TO REMOVE BARRIERS, OPEN OPPORTUNITIES AND INJURE EVERYONE TAKE ONE AP OR IB COURSE: I SCHOOLED HER IN AGAIN, ACCESS LEADS TO OPPORTUNITY. RECENTLY IN EXCERPT FROM LEARNING IN THE FAST LANE WAS PUBLISHED IN HIGHLIGHTING MCPS IN THE WORK BEING DONE TO REMOVE BARRIERS AND EXPAND ACCESS. DOCTOR SMITH IS QUOTED IN THIS BOOK AS A “WE CAN’T HAVE SOME ACHIEVING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND SOME WHO DON’T ACHIEVE.” THIS BOOK APPLAUDS OUR WORK ON SUPPORTING ALL STUDENTS FEELING THEY BELONG AND IT AP OR IB COURSE AND THE SUPPORT THEY GAIN TO ENOUGH CONFIDENCE AND SELF AWARENESS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS CHART SHOWS A SNAPSHOT OF IB WITHIN THE DISTRICT ACROSS THE FOCUS GROUPS THAT TOOK AT LEAST ONE IB EXAM FROM THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016 AND 2018. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS IS EIGHT OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. AS YOU CAN SEE, ALL GROUPS HAVE INCREASED DISSIPATION ACROSS THE SYSTEM, WHICH SUPPORTS OUR EFFORT ON INCREASING ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS. AS HE SOUGHT IN THE PREVIOUS LED GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION IN IB EXAMS INCREASED ACROSS THE FOCUS GROUPS IT ON THE SLIDE YOU CAN SEE THE PERFORMANCES ALSO INCREASING ACROSS THE BOARD. MANY WOULD BELIEVE IF YOU INCREASE ACCES, THE PERFORMANCE WOULD DROP. THE SLIDESHOW SUIT AND PROVES THE OPPOSITE TO BE TRUE. YOU WILL END HAS PROVEN TO INCREASE PERFORMANCE BUT HISPANIC AND LATINO GROUPS IN THE COLUMN YOU CAN SEE AS AN EXAMPLE HAS DOUBLED IN SIZE OF STUDENTS EARNING A FOUR OR HIGHER ON AT LEAST ONE EXAM. AGAIN, ACCESS LEADS TO OPPORTUNITY AND RESULTS IN ACHIEVEMENT. NOW WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM MRS. FRANKLIN WHO IS GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT THE DEMAND OF IB IN THE SYSTEM.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM SO VERY EXCITED TO SHARE SOME OF THE INFORMATION AND BE A PART OF THIS TEAM. OF COME BEFORE YOU FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND I HIGH SCHOOL. WE ARE GOING TO FINISH IT OFF. TO BE I WILL JOIN YOU FOR THE COLLEGE DISCUSSION NEXT YEAR. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO START WITH IS WE HAVE EIGHT IB PROGRAMS IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL AND THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT MODELS FOR WHICHDENTS CAN ACCESS THE PROGRAM FROM A COUNTYWIDE ADMISSION BOTTLE WERE STUDENTS APPLY TO ACADEMIC DATA IS SUBMITTED AND THERE IS A SELECTION REVIEW COMMITTEE. CC BY THE GRAPHIC, WE HAVE OVER 1000 STUDENTS WHO APPLY TO THE COUNTY ROAD WIDE PROGRAM. MEANING THE CLUSTERS CAN BE REPRESENTED IN THE DATA. AS WE GO TO INVITE THROUGH THE PROCESS, WE INVITE ROUGHLY 180 TO 210 STUDENTS. MANY OF THE STUDENTS ARE ALSO APPLYING TO OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS MC SQUARED, THE LOCAL SIGNATURE PROGRAM, THE BAC, THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER.AND AFTER THEY ARE INVITED, WE HAVE FOUND OVER THE PAST YEAR 7075 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS INVITED EXCEPT THE PROGRAM IN 20 TO 25 PERCENT DECLINE OR EXCEPT A DIFFERENT PROGRAM. SO WE END UP IN THE BLUE ON THE GRAPHIC ABOUT 100 STUDENTS INVITED AND THAT IS JUST OUT OF AREA. WE START WITH OVER 1000 AND REPLACE 100 OUT OF VARIOUS. THE OTHER MODEL FOR WHICH STUDENTS CAN ACCESS THE PROGRAM IS A SELF-SELECTED PROGRAM, WHICH IS IN SEVEN OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS STUDENTS AT OUR SEVEN HIGH SCHOOLS CAN DETERMINE WHETHER THEY WANT TO JOIN THE PROGRAM IN GRADE 11. THAT MODEL IS FOR STUDENTS WORK WITH OUR COUNSELOR, THEY DEVELOP A SCHEDULE AND PARTICIPATE EITHER IN EACH OF THE COURSES TAKING ONE COURSE HERE AND THERE WHERE THEY TAKE THE FULL DIPLOMA PROGRAM. SO WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT MODELS IN WHICH STUDENTS CAN APPLY. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR COUNTYWIDE MODEL, A MODEL THAT IS SERVING 25 HIGH SCHOOLS, BUT WE WANT TO SHOW YOU IS A SNAPSHOT. WHO IS REALLY ACCESSING, WHO IS REALLY GETTING OPPORTUNITY. OF THE 180 TO 200 STUDENTS BE INVITED, 165 STUDENTS ON THIS GRAPHIC REPRESENTS THE OUT OF AREA STUDENTS WE INVITED. IT DOES NOT REFLECT THE RICHARD MONTGOMERYSTUDENTS. WHEN WE LOOK AT WHO IS ACCESSING, WE ARE SEEING 106 STUDENTS OF THAT 165 COMING FROM THOSE FIVE . THAT REPRESENT 64 PERCENT OF THE INVITED GROUP COMING FROM FIVE HIGH SCHOOLS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE REMAINING, ALL OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS, WHICH IS 19. THAT LEAVES YOU 36 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS GETTING NOT THOSE SEATS. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THIS IN EXCESS OF OPPORTUNITY. IS REALLY ACCESSING AND GETTING OPPORTUNITY. THIS DATA REPRESENTS 4 TO 5 YEARS OF DATA WE LOOKED AT. THIS IS NOT JUST A SNAPSHOT. THIS IS ROUGHLY 5 YEARS WORTH OF DATA. SO THAT BRINGS US TO OUR NEW EXPANSION OF THE IB PROGRAM. HERE WE ARE PROPOSING TO ADD THREE REGIONAL SITES AT JOHN F. KENNEDY, SPRING AND WHAT STUDENTS WILL. AND KEEP RICHARD MONTGOMERY OUR COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU REALIZE IS THAT DARREN THIS EXPANSION, EACH REGIONAL PROGRAM WILL OFFER, WHICH IS IDENTICAL TO THE COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM, AND ACADEMIC COHORT IN GRADES NINE AND 10. IT WILL ALSO OFFER THE PROGRAMS FOR THE ENTIRE GRADES NINE AND 10. THEY WILL HAVE AN IDENTICAL ADMISSIONS PROCESS AS WELL. HIV REGIONAL PROGRAM, ALONG WITH THEIR COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM, WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER IB TRAINED TEACHERS, COUNSELORS, ADMINISTRATORS THE SAME CURRICULUM AS WELL. SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SLIDE. THIS DATA SHOWS THE CLASS OF 2060 2018 EARNED A SCORE OF FOUR OR HIGHER ON ONE EXAM. THIS IS SHOWING WHAT ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY CAN DO FROM STUDENTS FROM 2060 TWO 2018. OBVIOUSLY THE GREEN BAR FOR MOST INCREASED AND OVERALL THEY INCREASED. JOIN YOU PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNIT, THEREFORE GRANTED MORE ACCESS. WE WANTED TO DEFINITELY GIVE KENNEDY A SHOUT OUT HERE WITH A OVER DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ACCESSING.THIS SLIDE IS VERY IMPORTANT. AS WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO THE NATIONAL STANDARD, AT ALL FOUR SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE PART OF OUR ADMISSIONS PROCESS, ABOUT ONE IN THREE STUDENTS GRADUATED WITH FOUR OR HIGHER ON AT LEAST ONE EXAM. THIS IS VERY COMPELLING DATA. AND THIS AFFIRMS WHY WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THOSE FOUR SCHOOLS WITH THREE NEW REGIONAL SCHOOLS. SO THIS IS A GRAPHIC THAT HELPS EXPLAIN AND COLLECT THE NEW PROCESS IN THE NEW EXPANSION MODELS WE HAVE. SO WE WILL JUST WALK THROUGH TOGETHER. AND THE YELLOW THAT IS WALKINS REGIONAL CIPRO THEY ARE ROUGHLY 9 HIGH SCHOOL THAT WOULD BE SERVED BY WALK AND SMELL WHAT AFTER 50 FEET FOR OUT OF AREA STUDENTS AND UP TO 25 LOCAL SEATS FOR A TOTAL OF 25. IN THE GREEN THAT IS SPRING HIGH SCHOOL. ROUGHLY 6 SCHOOLS THERE PRINT ALSO OFFERING 50 SEATS WITH UP TO 25 LOCAL SEATS. AND IN THE BLUE THERE ARE ROUGHLY NINE THERE. THAT IS EIGHT, I BELIEVE. IN THE BLUE THERE ARE NINE SCHOOLS. JON TAFT KENNEDY WOULD BE THE CATCHMENT FOR THAT AREA AND THEY WOULD HAVE 50 SEATS WITH 25 LOCAL SEATS. YOU WILL SEE IN THE MIDDLE RICHARD MONTGOMERY INITIATED AND IT’S ALSO YELLOW. WHAT WE WANT TO SHOW YOU THERE IS BECAUSE IT’S REMAINING A COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM, THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE IT AS A HOMESCHOOL WOULD BE EVALUATED. THEY WILL BE EVALUATED AGAINST THEIR OWN PEER GROUP. RICHARD MONTGOMERY. SO EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM STUDENTS CAN BE EVALUATED FOR A COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM AND THE REGIONAL PROGRAM AND THEREFORE MONTGOMERY WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THAT BY BEING EVALUATED FOR THE COUNTYWIDE AND IN ADDITION TO THE RICHARD MONTGOMERY COURT. SO THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS OVERVIEW. AS MR. MURPHY SAID, WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH A ONE COMMENT HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION, WHICH WE ARE HOPING WILL BE STREAMLINED FROM PARENTS SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO GET MULTIPLE MESSAGES IN DIFFERENT OUTREACH ABOUT THE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS OUT THERE. FOR THE IB PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR, STUDENTS WILL APPLY TO THE IB PROGRAM AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECONSIDERED FOR THE REGIONAL . MANY STUDENTS WE HOPE WILL LOOK TO APPLY TO ONE THE PROGRAMS BECAUSE THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE CLOSER TO THEIR HOMES FOR MANY OF THEM. EXPANDING THEM WILL CREATE POTENTIALLY MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO CHOOSE IT SINCE IT WILL BE CLOSER TO THEIR HOME. SO STUDENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AUTOMATICALLY FOR THE REGIONAL AND THEY WILL ALSO ELECT COUNTYWIDE. YOU MAY HAVE STUDENTS WHO SAY I ONLY WANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR RITUAL BECAUSE IT MATCHES MY LIFE. WE WILL ALSO LOOK TO SEE WHEN STUDENTS AREEVALUATED FOR BOTH REGIONAL AND COUNTYWIDE GRID STUDENTS CAN BE INVITED TO BOTH. THEY COULD BE INVITED TO WALKINS MIDDLE SITE . THEY CAN BE INVITED TO VISUAL ARTS CENTER.AT THAT TIME STUDENTS WILL MAKE A DECISION OF WHICH PROGRAM THEY WILL EXCEPT. THAT IS A WIN FOR THE SCHOOL, COMMUNITY AND A WIN FOR THE STUDENTS. IF STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED TO BOTH THE DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BY THE FAMILY. AS WE LOOK FOR OUR OBJECTIVE. OBVIOUSLY WAS SUCH A BIG DEMAND WHAT WE ARE FINDING IS WE HAVE OVER 800 STUDENTS WHO ARE BEING PLACED IN A WEIGHT POOL AND ARE ALSO BEING SAID NO. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE A LARGE DEMAND FOR THE MODEL THAT RICHARD MONTGOMERY. AS WE LOOK AT THE OBJECTIVE, WE WANT TO SUPPORT STRONG PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. WANT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THE FULL PROGRAM AND STRONG REGRESS GRADE 9 AND 10 ACADEMIC PROGRAMS FOR ALL OF OUR SITES AND SCHOOLS. I REALLY AM DOING MY BEST. [LAUGHTER] SO AFTER WE LOOK AT THE FOCUS AREAS FOR 2019/2020, WE WANT TO BE DELIBERATE ABOUT THE WORK WE ARE DOING A CONSISTENT APPLICATION SELECTION PROCESS, WHICH IS IMPORTANT.WE’VE HEARD THAT FROM THE COMMUNITY FORMING A NETWORK OF IB SCHOOLS IMPORTANT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMERS USE IT WILL BE CONDUCTED IN PARTNERSHIP IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. INFORMING THAT ACADEMIC GROUP. WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT. IS SOMETHING IN THE COMMUNITY AND FROM YOU ALL ABOUT INSTRUCTION AND HIGH QUALITY TEACHING. THIS IS A HUGE INITIATIVE AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT, BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE METRICS OF SUCCESS METRICS READINESS. ONE OF THE DIFFERENT MEASURES OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO LOOK TO SEE HOW SUCCESSFUL HIS PROGRAMS ARE GOING TO BE CONDUCTING INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM REVIEWS. LOOKING AT INTEREST, DEMAND AND ENROLLMENT WITH THE DUE DATE FOR THESE PROGRAMS IS NOVEMBER 1 SO THAT WILL BE A REALLY IMPORTANT DATE FOR US TO WATCH. EQUITABLE RESOURCES AND PLACES VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SELF SELECT AND ADMISSIONS IS THE ADMISSION PROCESS AND THE GRADE 9 AND 10 ACADEMIC GROUPS THAT BEGIN. PARTICIPATION IN PERFORMANCE IS IMPORTANT AND OBVIOUSLY DIPLOMAS. THESE ARE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT METRICS OF READINESS AND SUCCESS WE WILL BE MONITORING. AS YOU KNOW, WE CONDUCTED LOTS OF PARENT FOCUS GROUPS AND MET WITH MANY DIFFERENT PARENT ADVOCACY GROUPS AND SCHOOL GROUPS AS WELL. WE DECIDE A VERY EFFECTIVE BACK-TO-SCHOOL THERE PRINT AS MANY OF YOU BEING ABLE TO BE IN FROM THE TABLE, I’M SURE YOU LOST YOURVOICES . WHAT WE HAVE COMING UP FOR OUR PARENTS NOW IS WE HAVE FOR HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW NIGHTS WE ARE INVITING OUR PARENTS TO. PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE FOR PARTNERING WITH US AS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THOSE LIVE STREAMS THAT HAVE BEEN VERY EFFICIENT FOR FAMILIES WHO CAN ALWAYS MAKE IT BACK AND WATCH FROM THE CAR WHEN THEY ARE WALKING WATCHING THEIR KIDS HERE THEY CAN WATCH THAT INFORMATION. WE ARE PARTNERING WITH COUNSELORS IN OUR PARENT COMMUNITY COORDINATORS TO ENSURE THEY COULD ALSO FACILITATE SMALL GROUP MEETINGS FOR FAMILIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOLPREVIEW OPTIONS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION TACTICS . I WILL GO INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ABOUT THAT. HERE IS OUR TIMELINE. IS JUST AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. WITH THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE HELP, PRODUCTS, MATERIALS AND RESOURCES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES.DIGITAL, PAPER, COPY AND WE ARE GOING TO HELP FACILITATE WORKWITH OUR COORDINATORS OR COUNSELORS . WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE TO CONTRIBUTE INFORMATION. WE NEED TO PARTNER AND EXPEND INFORMATION. WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED SHARING INFORMATION FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR. PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ONE OFTHE HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW NIGHTS. YOU ARE ALL INVITED . DIRECT MAIL WILL GO OUT TO OUR PARENTS SHORTLY INVITING THEM TO THE PREVIEW NIGHTS, GIVING THEM INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. AND AFTER THE PREVIEW NIGHTS IN SEPTEMBER AND EARLY OCTOBER, THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IS FILLED PRETTY MUCH EVERY NIGHT EXCEPT FOR HALLOWEEN AND PTA NIGHT WITH INFORMATION AT ONE OF OUR HOST SCHOOLS ARE ONE OF THE APPLICATION PROGRAMS. SO WE ANTICIPATE PARENTS WILL COME TO A PREVIEW NIGHT.THEY WILL SEE OVER 30 DIFFERENT PROGRAM. FIVE OR SIX ON MY INTEREST IN THEM. WE ARE ENCOURAGING THEM IF THEY ARE SERIOUS IN CONSIDERING THE PROGRAM TO VISIT THE SCHOOL. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU CAN MAKE IT, APPLY ANYWAY. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO SAY NO AT THE APPLICATION.WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO APPLY THE PROGRAMS OF INTEREST FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THERE’S ONE MORE THING YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR. BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY, WE WANTED TO PERSONALIZE THIS EXPERIENCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS. IN EARLY OCTOBER, OR GRADED STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WILL RECEIVE IN THEIR PARENT PORTAL A LIST OF ALL THE PROGRAMS THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR. THIS IS OUR SECOND YEAR OF DOING THAT, WHICH HAS BEEN HELPFUL FOR FAMILIES. STUDENTS CAN ACCESS IT BECAUSE THEY ARE TECH FRIENDLY AND THEY ARE EASY CONSUMERS OF THE TECHNOLOGY SO THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR ELIGIBILITY REPORT WHAT PROGRAMS MIGHT BE OF INTEREST TO THEM. ON TOP OF THAT SO EVERY CHILD HAS ACCESS TO APPLY TO ONE OF THESE PROGRAMS, EVERY CHILD WILL HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONAL LINK TO APPLY TO A PROGRAM. THE INFORMATION THE CHILD WILL HAVE A NEW STUDENT PORTAL WILL PROVIDE A LIST OF THE PROGRAMS THEY HAVE AVAILABLE TO THEM IN THEIR OWN LINK TO APPLY TO THEM. ESSENTIALLY EVERY CHILD WILL HAVE AN APPLICATION IN THEIR STUDENT PORTAL. WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO BROADEN THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS IN THAT MANNER. WILL CONTINUE TO USE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO CONNECT WITH OUR FAMILY WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE FEEDBACK SO WE CAN ADDRESS THAT, BUT WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIE. WE ALSO WANT TO ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE THAT INVESTIGATE THE BUTT THE OPTIONS I HAVE AT THE LOCAL SCHOOL BECAUSE MCPS DOES HAVE NEW OPTIONS. AND OUR SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WHO MAY NEED SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN THEIR SCHOOL OFFERS. SO WE WANT TO ENSURE PARENTS AND STUDENTS AND GUARDIANS ARE WHERE THERE OPTIONS BECAUSE ACCESS CAN ONLY HAPPEN WHEN THERE IS OPPORTUNITY. I WILL TURN IT OVER TO MS. AVA.>>I WILL START WITH MS. DIXON. DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMEN, THOUGHT, QUESTION?>>Jeanette Dixon: YES, THANK YOU. THIS IS A REALLY HISTORIC DA. IT REALLY IS. IN TERMS OF MCPS HISTORY. BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS REALLY KIND OF A REAL STAKE IN TERMS OF OPENING UP ACCESS TO THESE RIGOROUS PROGRAMS. I THINK YOU GUYS SHOULD BE REALLY VERY PROUD OF YOURSELF. YOU PROBABLY ARE DOING WHAT IS PROBABLY MAYBE ALSO WITH THE TECHNOLOGY AND UPDATED ALL THOSE SYSTEMS. YOU PROBABLY ARE DOING THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK IN THE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW. ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS. SO IT’S REALLY, REALLY VERY, VERY EXCITING. I WAS THINKING MICHAEL AND SEBASTIAN WERE TWO STUDENTS WHO WERE HERE EARLIE. AND JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THE IB PROGRAM AT SPRING BROOK IS TO THEM AND LISTENING TO RICARDO AS WELL AND SEEING ALL THE PLACES HE’S TRAVELED AND WHERE HE’S WORKE. A WONDERFUL IT WOULD BE TO USE SOME OF THE INFORMATION FROM THEM TO PUT UP DISPLAYS IN SCHOOLS TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO WANT TO BE A PART OF ALL THAT. BECAUSE I THINK WHEN THEY CAN SEE THEMSELVES DOING THESE THINGS AND SEEING OTHER STUDENTS TO THEM, THEY ARE VERY OPEN TO TRYING ALL OF THIS AS WELL. SO CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT. I WILL LEAVE THE COMMUNICATION PLAN QUESTIONS TO MS. WOLF BECAUSE I KNOW SHE HAS SOME OF THOSE. BUT I DID WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU. WE LAST TALKED ABOUT THIS THAT WE MET WITH A COUPLE PARENT. I THINK IT WAS SENECA VALLEY NORTHWEST. I THINK THEY ARE EXCITE. I’M GOING TO SCOOT HERE TO THE APP. I THINK YOU GOT DOWN THE IB. IT’S REALLY, REALLY GOOD. THE A P PIECE OF THIS AT SENECA VALLEY, THEY SHARED WITH US A LIST OF THE COURSE. I THINK IT WAS 2012 THE 13. THIS IS OUT OF DATE. WERE ASKED OUR CHIEF OF STAFF TO GO BACK AND LOOK AND SEE WHAT IS BEING OFFERED IN TERMS OF THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT AT SENECA VALLEY. WITH THEIR WORK CONCERN WAS, I’M JUST SHARING THIS INFORMATION WITH YOU GUYS SO YOU CAN LOOK INTO IT. WAS THAT THEY MAY BE BEING LEFT BEHIND IN TERMS OF THE RIGOR, IN TERMS OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAMS BEHIND CLARKSBURG AND NORTHWEST AS WELL. INSULT MS. WEBB DID CROSSCHECK ALL OF THI. AND SO I’M PRETTY POSITIVE THE DATA IS ACCURATE IN TERMS OF THE AP COURSES THAT ARE OFFERED THERE AT SENECA VALLEY. SO THEY OFFERED COURSES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION, ENGLISH LIT, WORLD HISTORY SITE, FRENCH LANGUAGE, SPANISH LANGUAGE, SPANISH LITERATURE. BUT THEY ARE NOT THEY DON’T HAVE CLASSE. AND SO THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE REALLY AFRAID OF THAT WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY IN THE CAREER FOCUS, THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE THIS RIGOROUS PIECE. SO I THINK IT’S SOMETHING WE’LL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT. I KNOW THEY ONLY HAVE ABOUT 1200 STUDENTS NOW. WE WANT TO GET TO 2400. AND OF COURSE STUDENTS TAKE OR SCHOOLS OFFER WHAT THE STUDENTS SIGN UP FOR. BUT EVEN IF THEY HAVE SMALL NUMBERS, I THINK SOME STRATEGIES NEED TO BE PUT IN PLACE IN TERMS OF HOW DO YOU GROW THE AP COURSES AT SENECA VALLEY. I’M HAPPY TO SIT WITH THE DIRECTOR FOR SCHOOL OR WHATEVER TO GIVE SOME IDEAS ABOUT THAT AS WELL. BUT I THINK THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE ONE OF THE PARENTS WAS SHARING THAT HER SON IS INTERESTED IN BEING A PHYSICIAN BUT WAS BEING STEERED TO COSMETOLOGY PROGRAMS AT WHEATON. THIS IS WHAT WE WANT. I AGREE WITH YOU THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE TWO PATHS GOING TOWARD THAT, BUT FOR A LOT OF FAMILI . AND I THINK PARTICULARLY FOR FAMILIES OF COLOR. THE GOLD STANDARD IS STILL THE COLLEGE DEGREE. I THINK THE CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY PIECES THAT WE PUT IN PLACE A REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT, BUT ALSO THEY ARE INTERESTED IN THEIR STUDENTS GETTING A COLLEGE DEGREE AS WELL. SO I JUST SHARE THAT WITH YOU BECAUSE THAT SEEMED TO BE A REAL CONCERN HER IN. JUST DOES THE FAMILY OR THE ECONOMY OF FINANCE STILL DOING THAT? THAT’S A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT PROGRAM WHEN DONE REALLY WELL AS WELL. I’M SORRY. GO AHEAD.>>YES WE STILL HAVE THE ECONOMY AND FINANCE PROGRAMS. RIGHT NOW A LOCAL PROGRAM IN LOCAL SCHOOLS WHERE IT IS OFFER PRINT BUSINESS AS USUAL AS HE MIGHT HAVE KNOWN AS KNOWN IT. I WOULD LIKE I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A QUICK COMMENT ABOUT THE AP COURSE OFFERINGS. WE HAVE ALSO HEARD THOSE CONCERNS AND WE WANT TO ASSURE THE COMMUNITY THAT AP COURSES ARE NOT BEING ELIMINATED THROUGH THE EXPANSION FACT, WITH THE GROWING ENROLLMENT , WE EXPECT ENROLLMENT TO GROW AT SENECA VALLEY AND PROBABLY SOME OF THE COURSES YOU REFERENCED COMING BACK TO SENECA VALLEY. WITH SMALLER NUMBERS LIKE A SCHOOL OF 12 TO 1300 BREEDING CAN BE TOUGH TO SCHEDULE WHEN THERE IS IB BIOLOGY AND AP BIOLOGY. OFFERED SIDE-BY-SIDE. SOMETIMES SCHOOLS NEED TO MAKE THOSE DIFFICULT DECISIONS AND THEY DEVELOP MASTER SCHEDULES. WE WANT TO ENSURE THE BOARD AND COMMUNITY THAT STRONG PROGRAMS ACROSS THE BOARD, NOT JUST IB. THAT INCLUDES THE CAREER PATHWAYS AND OTHERS WILL REMAIN THE CENTERPIECE IN SENECA VALLEY.>>THEY JUST WANT TO ENSURE THEY REMAIN OR ARE A COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL IN ADDITION TO THE EDISON PROGRAMS THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE. THAT THIS ROBUST RIGOROUS ACADEMIC PROGRAM AS WELL. THEY ARE AFRAID IF THEY DON’T THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE CHOS . THAT WOULD BE A SHAME.>>THEY ALSO MENTIONED AS WE HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM THAT IS GOING TO BE THERE THAT WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT THE ACADEMIC RIGOR. THEY WEREN’T SEEING THAT EQUAL WEIGHT OF TECHNOLOGY.>>YOU MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT. AND WE WILL PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION AS WE GO THROUGH THIS TRANSITION AND DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE SCHOOL THAT WE MAKE SURE WE STAFF THOSE CLASSES EVEN IF THEY DO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. I HAVE MADE NOTE OF THAT AND I WILL PICK CLOSE ATTENTION TO THAT AND THEY WILL BECOME VERY SUSTAINABLE BY THE SHEER NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT WILL BE THERE.>>Shebra Evans: MRS. O’NEILL QUICK.>>Patricia O’Neill: FIRST I WANT TO THINK ON MS. SMONDROWSKI HAVE. SHE WAS SORRY SHE HAD TO BE. JETTA URGENT MEDICAL APPOINTMENT SHE HAD TO ATTEND T. SHE HAS BEEN A PERSISTENT VOICE ABOUT THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM AND SUPPORTING OUR IB PROGRAMS AND NOT JUST THE SCHOOLS LISTED HERE TO BE REGIONAL PROGRAMS, BUT ALSO SENECA VALLEY. BECAUSE THERE IS A REAL NEED. I KNOW SLIDE 12, YOU SPEAK ABOUT IT SAYS MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. ONE OF THE PIECES AT RICHARD MONTGOMERY THAT MAKES IT A STRONG PROGRAM HAS BEEN THE COHORT MODEL. YOU WALK IN THE DOOR IN GRADE 9, GRADE 10 YOU GOT THIS COHESIVE GROUP THAT MOVES THROUGH AND SUPPORTS ONE ANOTHER IN A LONG HISTORY OF THE TEACHERS SUPPORTING THE STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM. MIDDLE YEARS IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES JOKED I’M THE HISTORIAN OF THE BOARD BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR FOREVER. I HAVE SAID TO LORI CHRISTIN , TO THE STAFF AFTER THE DISCUSSION IN MAY THAT I THOUGHT THE PROGRAM HAD BEEN THE RICHARD MONTGOMERY PROGRAM HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED THROUGH BOARD ACTION AT THE TIME AND WE RESEARCHED THE RECORDS. I KNOW WELL IS LISTED ON HERE THAT DISCUSSION, IT IS REALLY DISCUSSION AND ACTION. THE BOARD, I THINK SINCE WE DID TAKE THAT ACTION BACK IN THE 80S, IT IS IMPORTANT TO PUT OUR IMPRINT ON THIS THAT WE SUPPORT THIS MOVE. IT IS MONUMENTAL. WHEN YOU THINK AND 87, 86. THE ENROLLMENT IN TREND EIGHT WAS 90,000 STUDENTS. WE ARE NOW 164,000 STUDENTS. THE PROGRAM HAS NOT GROWN SINCE THAT TIME. WE ARE A VERY DIFFERENT SCHOOL SYSTEM THAN WE WERE IN 1987 WE HAVE GROWN FROM ONE SCHOOL TO EIGHT. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A REAL EFFORT OR ABILITY FOR KIDS FROM YOU DON’T MAKE 180 WHO ARE IDENTIFIED ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE. I THINK THIS IS REALLY VERY IMPORTANT. EQUITABLE RESOURCES IS ALSO OPPORTUNITY AND IT’S THE SUPPORT. IT’S THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM AS WELL, WHICH IS ONE FUNDAMENTALS. THE OTHER THING IS, TO BE ABLE TO OFFER AN ARRAY OF THERE’S A CRITICAL MASS OF KIDS REQUIRED AT ANY OF OUR SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO OFFER A RANGE OF COURSES.WHEN I STARTED OTHE BOARD , THEY HAD SUCH A SMALL NUMBER THEY COULDN’T OFFER AP BIO AND AP CAME IN THE SAME YEA. THEY ALTERNATED BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE CRITICAL MASS OF KIDS UNTIL WE MOVED COUNTYWIDE PROGRAMS BESIDE JUST GLOBAL PROGRAM. IT WILL BANISH IT. SPRING BROKEN WATKINS AND KENNEDY BY HAVING MORE STUDENTS IN THE IB PROGRAM TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THAT ARRAY OF COURSES THAT’S OFFERED AT RICHARD MONTGOMERY. I THINK THIS IS REALLY A VERY POSITIVE STEP YOU’RE THE RICHARD MONTGOMERY PROGRAM HAS GROWN OVER 30 YEARS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE STAFFING AND THE TRAINING AND THE SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS. I KNOW IF SHE WAS IN THE CARE SHE WAS SAY TO YOU RICHARD MONTGOMERY THERE IS REALLY A STRONG CULTURE OF SUPPORTING THE STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE PROGRAM. AND THAT HAS GOT TO BE UNIVERSAL. AND NOT DIMINISHING THE WONDERFUL IB PROGRAM. IT’S AMAZING. EVERY YEAR AT GRADUATIONS AND STEIN HAS AN IB PROGRAM, THE SENECA VALLEY IB PROGRAM AND BUILDING ON THE REGIONAL MODEL. I HAVE ONE QUESTION. THE ISSUE OF TESTING TO GET INTO THE COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM, OR WE EXPANDING THE OPPORTUNITIES OR LOCATIONS FOR THE TESTING? WE LOOKED AT THAT AS WELL?>>YES. WE LOOKED AT ADDING ADDITIONAL SITES TO SUPPORT ADDITIONAL STUDENTS. WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT EXAMINE THE POCKETS THAT TREND DATA TO SHOW, BUT WE HAVE ALREADY THREE POTENTIAL REGIONAL SITES WE COULD TEST AT. WATKINS MIDDLE, KENNEDY AND SPRINGBROOK MIGHT BE WHERE WE FIRST START. AND THEN LOOK TO SEE IF WE NEED ALL THREE, ONE OR TWO OF THOSE. SO YES, WE ARE EXAMINING THIS.>>I WANTED TO PAUSE IT THAT POSSIBLY BECAUSE SENECA VALLEY IS GOING TO BE IN COOPERATED WITH THEIR TECHNOLOG. AND SO IS EDISO. THIS IS SOMETHING WE WANTED FOR A LONG TIME. THAT IS GOING TO HELP UP BUILD UP THE COURSES YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT ARE MISSING NOW. THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO GO ON AND WE WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE THOUGHT YOU PUT INTO THIS. I WANT TO GO BACK I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE DIRECT MAIL TO PARENTS. WHAT GRADE OR GRADES DOES THAT GO TO?>>BECAUSE WE ARE STARTING WITH OUR GRADE 8 STUDENTS,THEY WILL PERCEIVE THAT .>>BACK TO SLIDE 12, THERE WERE PROGRAMS MENTIONED THERE REALLY NO THERE’S INTEREST IN THOSE PROGRAMS BUT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. I GUESS YOU WILL HAVE SOME WAY OF LETTING THEM KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND WHETHER THEY CAN ACCESS THEM NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIV.>>YES. WE WILL PREPARE FOR OUR FAMILIES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW NIGHTS AND MAKE THEM AVAILABLE AT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND ALSO ON THE WEBSITE. HERE ARE ALL THE PROGRAMS YOU WERE ELIGIBLE FOR. IN ADDITION WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE PARENT PORTAL AND STUDENT PORTAL AND LOOK AT THEIR OWN ELIGIBILITY.>>THEY WILL? AVIATION, FIRE, RESCUE?>>YES.>>THAT STANDS FOR PATHWAYS IN EARLY TECHNOLOGY I SCHOOL.>>OKAY. AND PROJECT LEAD THE WAY IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. SOME OF THESE THEY CAN’T GO TO BECAUSE THEY ARE IN THE SCHOOLS AND THEY DON’T HAVE OUTSIDE I DON’T KNOW. BUT YOU WILL LET THEM KNOW ALL OF THAT. THANK YOU.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU. MS. SILVESTRE?>>Karla Silvestre: I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT HOW STUDENTS TOUCH HOW TO BEAT HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IB AND AP. AT WHAT POINT DOES THAT HAPPEN DO YOU HAVE TO GO TO A PARENT IN NIGHT TO DO THAT? HOW DO THEY MAKE THAT DECISION? WAS SITTING NEXT TO AN ELECTED OFFICIAL FROM ANOTHER JURISDICTION AND SHE SAID WE DON’T HAVE MUCH DEMAND FOR IB IN OUR COMMUNITY. I THOUGHT THAT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF DEMAND FOR IT HERE.HAD TO BE BUILT THE INTEREST IN IB AND MAY BE AREAS IN THE COUNTY WHERE THE HASN’T BEEN AS MUCH DEMAND FOR IT?>>SO ON ONE HAND THEY ARE VERY SIMILAR. A STUDENT WHO EARNS A THREE ON AND AP EXAM OR A FOUR ON AN IB EXA, THAT SAYS SOMETHING IN TERMS OF READINES. THE WAY AP IS VALIDATED BY THE COLLEGE BOARD, THE WAY IB IS VALIDATED BY THE ORGANIZATION. THESE ARE STANDARDS THAT ARE UNDERRECOGNIZED ACROSS THE AROUND WHAT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AP AND IB AND WHAT AP AND IB OFFER STUDENTS HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY. STUDENTS HAVE AN OF OUR US SCHOOLS TO DON’T CONNECTED TO THE. THEY ARE HAVING THOSE ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS. A TAP ON THE BACK. HELPING STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TO AND WHICH ONE THEY PREFER. WHICH ONE WOULD BE BEST MATCHED FOR THEM DEPENDING ON WHAT THEY WANT. AND WE ARE HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH COUNSELORS ACROSS THE BOARD TOO TO HAVE THEM STARTING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WHAT DO WE NEED.WHAT DO STUDENTS NEED IN ORDER TO START THINKING ABOUT THEIR HIGH SCHOOL PLAN. ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS THINKING ABOUT MS. FRANKLIN WAS TALKING ABOUT THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL CARE FOR. PARENTS WERE PASSING DOWN I DON’T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL YET. YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION. IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUR ELEMENTARY PARENTS TO START THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEY NEED TO THINK ABOUT AS A TRANSITION INTO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT IS PART OF THIS. THE WORK WE ARE DOING.>>I WANT TO ADD ONE THING I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO MEASURE FROM INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE. PART OF AS HAVING TRICKS FOR SUCCESS IS TO BE ABLE TO PROACTIVELY ENGAGE COMMUNITIES THAT MAY NOT HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION OR EXPOSURE OR KNOWLEDGE AROUND AP OR IB. YOU MENTIONED OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS. I ALSO HAVE EXPERIENCE THERE ARE OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY YOU KNOW A LOT ABOUT AP OR IB AND IS ABOUT KNOWLEDGE BUT WANT TO POINT OUT PART OF THE SLIDE IN THE DISTRICT MEASURES ARE IMPORTANT FOR US TO NOT PROACTIVELY GO TO THE COMMUNITIES AND EDUCATE FAMILIES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AROUND THE HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES. FOR US TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOOLS STUDENTS APPLYING FOR IN TERMS OF PROGRAMS. PART HAVING A DATA SYSTEM WHERE IT IS EXTREMELY FOR CONVENIENT FOR FAMILIES AND OUR STUDENTS AND OUR FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO GO TO ONE PLACE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY WANT.WE ALSO WANT TO TRACK THAT DATA ABOUT WHAT PROGRAM STUDENTS FROM ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE CHOOSING. PERHAPS THAT ELEVATES FOR US AREAS WHERE WE NEED TO ENGAGE WITH COMMUNITIES A LITTLE BIT MORE AROUND MAKING SURE THEY ARE AWARE OF ALL THESE PROGRAM . THAT GOES INTO TRACKING STUDENT CHOICE AND OPTIONS AND SEE HOW THE PROGRESSION OF PROGRAM SEATS ARE FILLED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR SEATS IN ALL OUR PROGRAMS ARE FILLED WITH PROGRAMS LIKE AVIATION. . WE WANT TO WATCH TO MAKE SURE THE STUDENTS COMING IN OR PROJECTED TO COME AND MEET EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE SEATS. WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT IT IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION BECAUSE PART OF US HAVING SYSTEMS AND HAVING METRICS ALLOWS US TO FORECAST AND WE NEED TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITIES IN MAKING THEM AWARE OF OUR OPTIONS.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU.>>THE OTHER AREA WHERE I SEE A LOT OF CONFUSION WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS MIDDLE YEARS. CAN YOU GIVE ME THE LEHMANS ELEVATOR SPEECH ABOUT WHAT IS MIDDLE YEARS?>>THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM IS DIFFERENT FROM THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM. IS ONE OF THE FOUR IB PROGRAMS. IV IS THE ORGANIZATION. THEY HAVE THE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM, WHICH IS THE ELEMENTARY VERSION, THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM WHICH IS SIXTH THROUGH 10TH GRAD, THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM WHICH IS 11 TO 12 AND THE CLEAR PROGRAM FOR THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM IS A FRAMEWORK. IT’S A FRAMEWOR. WE TAKE CURRICULUM AND TEACHERS PLANT WITH THE FRAMEWORK FROM IB AND CREATE ASSESSMENTS AROUND CRITERIA THAT IB GIVES US. STUDENTS ARE OBSESSED WITH THE CRITERIA. WE USE OUR CURRICULUM, THEIR FRAMEWORK. AND WE CREATE ASSESSMENTS. WE ALSO, JUST LIKE THE DIPLOMA PROGRAM, IB COMES AND AUTHORIZES THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. THEY COME BACK AND WE DO A SELF-STUDY EVALUATION EVERY FIVE YEARS. AUTHORIZATION IN THE STANDARDS AND PRACTICES ARE STILL THE SAM. WITH THE PROGRAM DOES IS GIVES US A FRAMEWORK, GIVES US REFERENCE ASSESSMENTS AND STUDENTS OF THE RUBRIC SO WE CAN TEACH STUDENT PERFORMANCE AROUND THIS. LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN THIS.>>WHAT WOULD PARENT SEE DIFFERENTLY FROM A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE.>>GLOBAL CONNECTION. INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION, YOU WILL SEE STUDENTS IN WORLD LANGUAGES.SO THERE’S EIGHT CURRICULUM. DIPLOMA PROGRAM SUBJECT GROUPS EIGHT SUBJECT GROUPS A DESIGN COURSE BEING ONE OF THEM AND MATH, SCIENCE COULD RECALL INDIVIDUALS IN SOCIETY. THE EIGHT CORE SUBJECTS AS WELL AS PROFILE ADMISSION AROUND THE CORE OF BEING A RISK TAKER.A THINKER, A COMMUNICATOR. ALSO COME UP WITH AN OFFER PROGRAMS THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED APPROACHES TO TEACHING AND LEARNING, WHICH FRAME THE CURRICULUM THREE TEACHERS ARE TRAINED WITH THE APPROACHES TO TEACHING, WHICH IS IN GREEN BAY UNDERSTANDING WHICH IS THE FIVE SKILLS COMMUNICATIO, RESEARCH SOCIAL SKILLS. WE ARE FRAMING THE CURRICULUM AROUND THAT FRAMEWORK.>>QUESTION ABOUT THE COST OF THE TESTING. YOU SAY YOU ELIMINATED THE FEES, BUT WHAT IS THE COST AND HOW DO WE ADVERTISE THE FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?>>THE IB EXAM IS $190 FOR THE $170, WHICH WAS A RESERVATION FEE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED ACROSS THE WORLD.>>HAD TO BE ADVERTISE A FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE.>>WE WORK WITH THE SCHOOL BUSINESS, THE FINANCIAL SPECIALISTS, THE COORDINATORS. WE HAVE INFORMATION AT BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT. WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT WOULD PUSH OUT TO ALL SCHOOLS. FOR THAT IS A BNI ASSISTANCE. COUNSELOR.>>Karla Silvestre: FINAL QUESTION, I PROMISE YOUR STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO TEST INTO THE IB REGIONAL SCHOOLS. WHAT DOES THAT TEST ENTAIL AND ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THEM TO MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA OR BENCHMARKS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?>>THE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVES MULTIPLE CRITERIA. THE TEST IS ONE OF THE MEASURES ANDADDITION TO TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS, STUDENT ESSAY, REPORT CARD GRADE .MANY CRITERIA. THE TEST WE USE TO RING TWO, THREE, FIVE AND EIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO START USING IT FOR GRADE 2 FOR THE IDENTIFICATIONPROCESS . INVOLVES THREE DIFFERENT TESTS. A VERBAL TEST, NONVERBAL AND A QUANTITATIVE. IN THE READING ABILITY TEST. WE USE ABOVE GRADE LEVEL ASSESSMENTS, STUDENTS WILL GET THREE DIFFERENT SCORES AND THOSE ARE CONSIDERED AS PART OF THE MULTIPLE CRITERIA STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE CONSIDERED FOR. THE PROCESS WILL BE NAMED BLIND, SCHOOL BLIND IN THE COMMITTEE WILL BE MADE UP OF STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO REVIEW THE PROFILES AND THEN WE WILL RECOMMEND THE STUDENTS FOR EACH OF THE DIFFERENT SITES.>>Karla Silvestre: THANK YOU.>>I JUST ADD ALSO ONE OF THE OTHER PIECES BACK TO THE AP. YOU CAN ALSO EARN COLLEGE CREDITS FROM THAT. IT’S OBVIOUSLY A LOT CHEAPER TO TAKE AN ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORK THAN THREE CREDITS IN COLLEGE. WE HAVE HAD STUDENTS WHO LEAVE MCPS AND ARE SOPHOMORES IN COLLEGE BECAUSE THEY HAVE EARNED THOSE AP CREDITS.>>Judith Docca: THE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MIDDLE YEARS, HOW DO STUDENTS ACCESS THOSE?>>IT’S SCHOOLWIDE.EVERY STUDENT.>>OKAY.>>IT’S SCHOOLWIDE.EVERY STUDENT IS AN IB STUDENT, EVERY TEACHER IS AN IB TEACHER.>>Brenda Wolff: OKAY. I HAVE A COMMENT. JUST AN OVERARCHING COMMENT FIRST. WAS INTERESTING WHEN YOU SHOW THE VIDEO OF THE YOUNG MEN THAT GRADUATED A WHILE BACK WHO IS NOW TRAVELING THE WORLD. HE SAID THAT WHAT HE GOT OUT OF THE PROGRAM WAS CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING. MY COMMENT TO YOU HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IB, BUT ISN’T THAT WHAT EVERY STUDENT SHOULD BE GETTING FROM OUR SCHOOLS? AND THE REASON I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT. WHEN I DO GRADUATION I WENT AROUND AND TALK TO THE STUDENT LEADERSHIP AT THE SCHOOLS. ONE OF THE COMMENTS THAT CAME UP FROM SEVERAL OF THEM AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS THEY DON’T HAVE IB, BY THE WAY, IS THAT THE STUDENTS IN IB ARE TAUGHT A CRITICAL WAY OF THINKING THAT THEY THINK SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO EVERYBODY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. YOU KNOW I’M NOT AN EDUCATOR. BUT APPARENTLY THERE’S SOME WAY OF THINKING ABOUT THINGS AND LAYING OUT THINGS THAT THEY THINK STUDENTS AND IB PROGRAMS ARE GETTING. IN TERMS OF WRITING, I THINK EVERYBODY COULD BENEFIT FROM HAVING SOME KIND OF PAPER TO WRITE. TO BE SURE THEY CAN WRITE WHEN THEY GET OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS. IS JUST MY NON-ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT. THE SECOND POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS THE GENTLEMAN WHO CAME HERE TODAY, THE STUDENTS FROM SPRING BROKE, THEY MADE A POINT THAT I KNOW IT’S GOING TO COME UP AGAIN AND I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT TOHEAR IT RIGHT NOW , BUT THEY SAID THAT IF WE KEEP RICHARD MONTGOMERY AS A COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM, THE NEW PROGRAMS WILL BE PERCEIVED AS LESS. I THINK THAT’S JUST SOMETHING YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT AT SOME POINT THEY WILL HAVE TO BECOME ALL REGIONAL PROGRA . I DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT SHOULD BE PUT IN I KNOW YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT RIGHT NOW, BUT I THINK THEY MAKE A GOOD POINT. IS GOING TO BE PERCEIVED BY PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT GETTING.>>I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU WHAT I HAD EXTENSIVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS BUT I PROBABLY SPENT 10 HOURS WITH THESE FOLKS TALKING ABOUT THAT ISSUE ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHERS AND WE AGREE THAT OVER TIME AND THE DESIRED STATE WOULD BE THAT WILL HAVE FOUR AND FIVE AND SIX AND EIGHT REGIONAL PROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNT, WHETHER THEY ARE IB, WHETHER THEY ARE SOME OF THE REGRESS PROGRAM FOR THE IDEA IS TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND. WHEN WE SAY FORESEEABLE FUTURE WE ARE NOT TALKING 10 YEARS, BUT WE HAVE TO BUILD SOMETHING SO PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT, UNDERSTAND IT WORK. OR DATA SHOWS AS IT WORKS. BUT IF YOU GO TO WATKINS MIDDLE OR SPRING BROKE OR KENNEDY, YOU ARE DOING JUST AS WELL. BUT OVER TIME WE HAVE TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND AND SEE THAT. I HEAR YOU, WE AGREE WITH YOU AND WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT AS WE GET OUR FIRST SET OF NINTH GRADERS NEXT FALL AND THAT WILL BE OUR TRANSITION TIME IN THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS AS WE BUILD OUR ENTIRE RESIDENCE TO SEE WHAT WORKS FOR ALL KIDS.>>Brenda Wolff: I GUESS I FORGOT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY TO YOU, BUT I KNOW WHAT IT WAS. WHEN MS. SILVESTRI ASKED FOR THE ELEVATOR SPEECH, THAT SPEECH IS NOT GOING TO WORK FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW IN IT BARELY WORKED FOR ME. AND I HAVE A LAW DEGREE. BUT IF YOU USE TERMS LIKE CRITERION-REFERENCED AND RUBRIC, TO NOT GOING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SIMPLIFY. FROM WHAT YOU SAID, I NOW REALIZE HE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO START AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EXPLAINING THIS TO PEOPLE. IT’S QUITE CLEAR TO ME THAT IF WE DON’T WE SHOULD START TALKING ABOUT IT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. ALSO THINK THE VIDEO YOU SHOWED WAS GREAT. BUT I THINK SOME OF OUR CURRENT STUDENTS WHO LOOK LIKE THE PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOLS NOW UP TO BE VIDEOED IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY ARE GETTING OUT OF THE PROGRAM BECAUSE WHEN HE FIRST CAME UP ON THE SCREEN I WAS LIKE HOW OLD IS HE. I THINK YOU WANT KIDS THAT LOOK LIKE THE KIDS IN OUR SCHOOL NOW BECAUSE THEY CAN CONVINCE THE KIDS THIS IS A GOOD THING, AND THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. THAT’S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU.>>I JUST WANT TO COMMENT, MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE IN A DIFFERENT SCHOOL SYSTEM WHERE THEY HAVE PRIMARY YEARS, MIDDLE YEARS AND IB. MY DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW WHO BOTH DID AP ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH I. THEY WERE LIKE WHAT IS THIS IB. THEY WERE NOT PART OF RICHARD MONTGOMERY.>>I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TO MAKE THE REGIONAL IB FOR YEARS. I KNOW YOU’RE PROBABLY BUILDING TOWARD THAT. AND JAY MATTHEWS JUST DID 8: ON AP AND IB. I THINK HE’S DONE SOME STUDIES ON IT. YOU KNOW JAY MATTHEWS. WHAT DO YOU LIKE WHAT HE SAYS OR NOT. IT’S INTERESTING. THANK YOU FOR I.>>I DEFINITELY WANT TO SAY THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TIMES IN GOING TO EXPERIENCE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND THE STUDENT AND IB AT KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL . BEFORE THE BIG CHANGE. THIS KIND OF SUCKS FOR ME, BUT. [LAUGHTER] IT DEFINITELY SOUNDS GOOD. I DEFINITELY WANT TO SECOND MS. SMONDROWSKI COMMENTS WHEN SHE SAID HOPEFULLY ALL IB SCHOOLS WILL HAVE MIDDLE YEARS. AND DEFINITELY NO WHEN I TALK TO PEERS AT RICHARD MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW, THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE IB AND RECEIVING VERSUS THERE’S. AND HAPPY WE ORIGINALLY SING OUR PROGRAMS AND HELP PEOPLE CAN RECOGNIZE SCHOOLS LIKE BCC THAT HAVE MIDDLE YEARS ALSO HAVE THE SAME INTENSIVE PROGRAM THROUGH JUST AS RICHARD MONTGOMERY.ONE OF MY QUESTIONS IS, IS THERE A PLAN TO PUSH THROUGH TO CONTINUE IN THE TRADITIONAL IB BACK THAT ARE IN SCHOOLS TO CONTINUE THOSE COURSES AND RECEIVED THE IB DIPLOMA EVEN THOUGH IT IS A SPECIFIC COURT? SPOKE 100 PERCENT. WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME THIS AFTERNOON TO TALK ABOUT RICHARD MONTGOMERY AND THE THREE REGIONAL SITES, BUT THE HIV I SCHOOLS WE HAVE ACROSS THE COUNTY, THIS PIPELINE TO AN IB DIPLOM, THE STRONG REGRESS INSTRUCTION THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN NINTH AND 10TH GRAD. THE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS, THE SENSE OF BELONGING, THE TALKING TO STUDENTS IN THE YOU CAN DO THIS CUT TYPE OF MESSAGE REALLY SHOULD BE SYSTEMATIC THROUGHOUT ALL OUR SCHOOLS. YES, ABSOLUTELY.>>I ALSO JUST WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATED MRS. O’NEILL’S WORDS WHICH SAID THE STRENGTH AND SUPPORT FROM STAFF SHOULD BE UNIVERSAL TO ALL SCHOOLS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. AND ALSO, I WANTED TO MENTION ONE THING. I HOPE WHEN YOU LOOK AT IB AND THE RICH DEMAND FOR IB IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, WE CAN SEE WE CAN MAKE CHANGES TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO CREATE A CURRICULUM FORWHATEVER WE HAVE FOR ON GRADE LEVELS AND HONORS CLASSES . WHEN YOU NOTICE THAT THERE IS SUCH BIG DEMAND, I HOPE WE CAN START TO INTENSIFY HER OWN CURRICULUM OURSELVES. THANK YOU.>>Shebra Evans: DOCTOR SMITH? P2 I AGREE THAT WE NEED TO BUILD OUT THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM IN ANY SCHOOL THAT HAS AN IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM.WE HAVE TO DO THAT AND WE HAD THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND WE WILL BE DOING THAT IN THE COMING YEARS AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE NOT GOING TO WAIT 10 YEARS TO DO THIS AND TO BUILD IT OUT. IN TERMS OF AP AND IB, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT IT IS A REAL BENEFIT TO OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE BOT. ACCESS TO BOTH READ SOME STUDENTS DO NOT WANT TO GO FOR AN IB DIPLOMA IN. NOT THAT THEY CAN’T, BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO TAKE THIS DISCIPLINE AND THAT DISCIPLINE IS SUCH A DEEP LEVEL AND THAT’S OKAY. IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO WHO YOU ARE IS A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL AND WHAT YOUR INTERESTS PURSUES TALENT AND FUTURE GOALS ARE. BY BUILDING THIS OUT ACROSS THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT IN THE IB PROGRAM ACROSS THE COUNTY, WE ARE AT OR INJURING EVERY SINGLE STUDENT HAS ACCESS TO THIS HIGHLY REGRESS DISCIPLINE OR TO THE WHOLE RANGE AND DISCIPLINE, WHICHEVER THEY CHOOSE AND AM READING TO DO AS 1/9 GRADER, 11TH GRADE OR 12TH GRADER. BOTH ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS.>>Shebra Evans: MIKE QUESTIONS WERE SIMILAR SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT IS GOING TO ASK. AND THEN JUST INJURING AND REITERATING OFFERING THE SUPPORTS THAT ARE RECEIVED AT OUR OTHER WELL-ESTABLISHED IB PROGRAMS AT OUR REGIONAL PROGRAMS. I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR WE WILL BE ELIMINATING SOME THE ECONOMIC BARRIERS FOR OUR FAMILIES. NOT EVERYONE IS ATTEND THE MEETING, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO SEE ONE OF THE STUDENTS HIGHLIGHTED, WHEN HE HAD THE QUESTIONS LISTED WHAT WOULD FORBID HIM FROM TAKING THE AP OR IB COURSES. HE MENTIONED THE FINANCIAL PIECE OF IT. SO THAT WILL HELP A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL HAVE THEIR CHILDREN GO THIS ROUTE. AND GLADLY MADE THE INFORMATION KNOWN UP FRONT TODAY AND WE WILL DO ALL WE CAN TO MAKE CERTAIN ALL FAMILIES KNOW ABOUT THAT IN ADDITION TO HELP WITH THE TESTS AS WELL. SO THE RESOURCES WAS GREAT. LOVE THE FACT WE ARE GOING TO DO THE LIVE STREAMING BECAUSE EVERYBODY, LIKE YOU SAID, THEY HAVE DIFFERENT COMPETING INTERESTS. TO BE ABLE TO TAP INTO THEIR PHONES OR COMPUTERS AT HOME AND BE ABLE TO HEAR THE WHAT THE INFORMATION WILL PROVIDE TO OUR FAMILIES DURING THE OPEN HOUSES WILL BE GREAT. BUT I WILL HAVE US DO AT THIS TIME. MS. O’NEILL?>>I’M GOING TO READ RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD. WHERE IS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS PLEASED TO FOSTER THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM SINCE IT WAS INITIATED IN 1987 AND WERE ASKED THE STUDENTS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION IN THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AND WHERE IS THE COUNTYWIDE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MODEL HAS PROVIDED EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS NEED FOR OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PROCEED WITH THE EXPANSION OF THIS MODEL TO REGIONAL SITE AND NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL EXPAND PRE-EXISTING INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS TO REGIONAL SITES TODAY INCLUDE JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL, SPRINGBROOK HIGH SCHOOL AND WATKINS MILL HIGH SCHOOL. AND THEN I HAVE ANOTHER I HAVE AN AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MISS SMONDROWSKI REGARDING THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. ALSO WILL NEED A SECOND AND WE WILL HAVE TO VOTE ON THESE SEPARATELY AND THEN THE WHOLE MOTION. RESOLVED THE SUPERINTENDENT REVIEW ARTICULATION PATTERNS FOR THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM TO ENSURE ALL IB PROGRAMS ARE A PART OF AN INTENTIONAL PIPELINE LINKED TO THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. RESOLVED THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT REVIEW ARTICULATION PATTERNS FOR THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM TO ENSURE ALL IB PROGRAMS ARE A PART OF AN INTENTIONAL PIPELINE LINKED TO THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM.>>SHE FELT PRETTY STRONGLY WE NEEDED TO PUT OUR STAMP OF APPROVAL AND INDICATE STRONG SUPPORT IN EXPANDING MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. I KNOW IT’S IN SLIDE 12 AND WE HEARD TODAY AND DOCTOR SMITH HAS SPOKEN TO IT, BUT SHE FELT STRONGLY.>>AND WE VOTE ONLY?>>I MOVE THIS IF THERE IS A SECOND. VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT AND THEN IF IT PASSED WE VOTE ON THE WHOLE THING.>>I DON’T KNOW IF ANYONE HAS ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY.>>I JUST HAVE A QUESTION. NOT EVERY SCHOOL WHO HAS DOES EVERY SCHOOL OF THE IB PROGRAM HAVE A MIDDLE YEARS?>>NO.>>Brenda Wolff: BUT AS THE FACT THEY DON’T HAVE THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM, AS IT HINDERED THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO SIGNED UP FOR IT? I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, HAS IT PRECLUDED THOSE PROGRAMS FROM BEING ABLE TO ENROLL STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM? I DON’T KNOW. WHAT IS THE COST OF ALL THAT AS WELL. I JUST HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT.>>Jack Smith: THERE IS A COST. THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE PROHIBITED FACTORS. AND THERE IS A PROCESS TO BE APPROVED AND SO WE WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS. WE ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS. GIVEN THE WAYS THE AMENDMENT IS WRITTEN, I DON’T SEE IT AS A BARRIE. IT DOESN’T SAY WE HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL DONE BY AUGUST 202. IN TERMS OF ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION, IT’S NOT BEEN AN AREA FOR THE PROGRAM. PROBABLY HAS BEEN A BARRIER FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WHO BENEFITED FROM THAT NINTH AND 10TH GRADE SUPPORT IN EITHER DIDN’T HAVE THE SKILLS OR DIDN’T HAVE THE SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF EFFICACY TO TRY IT. SO IT’S DEFINITELY A BENEFIT AND THAT’S WHY WE WANT TO DO IT. IT’S PURELY UP TO YOU IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO IT I DON’T HAVE ANY CONCERNS EITHER WAY.>>I WANTED YOU TO READ THAT AGAIN TO ME TO READ THE AMENDMENT.>>SHE DOESN’T LEAVE THE AND MINUTE IS WRITTEN SO THAT IT’S NOT SAYING IT HAS TO BE ESTABLISHE. IT SAYS RESOLVED THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT REVIEW ARTICULATION PATTERNS FOR THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM TO ENSURE ALL IB PROGRAMS ARE PART OF AN INTENTIONAL LINK TO THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. THIS STEMS FROM WE SPOKE OVER MANY YEARS HEARING FROM THE SENECA VALLEY CLUSTER. IT IS OFFERED IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL BUT IT IS NOT OFFERED IN GRADES NINE AND 10 AND SENECA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. THEY HAVE THE IB PROGRAM, BUT IT’S ONLY A GRADE 11 AND 12. IT HAS ALSO BEEN TRUE. EINSTEIN HAS AN IV PROGRAM. THEY DON’T HAVE MIDDLE YEARS. WELL, YET. NOT EVERYONE HAS THE BENEFIT. THE ACC HAS A VERY STRONG IV PROGRAM. THEY HAVE YEARS IN GRADE 9 AND 10 AND THEY ALSO HAVE IT IN WESTLAND AND SILVER CREEK. THIS WOULD BE TO REVIEW TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING AND TO WORK TOWARD THE END OF SUPPORTING THE IB PROGRAM WITH THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM.>>Brenda Wolff: THAT’S NOT MY QUESTION. THE QUESTION IS THE WAY IT’S WRITTEN, I WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU SAID THE ARCHITECT TO CHELATION PATTERN TO AN IV PROGRAM, WAS WONDERING IF SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO THINK THAT MEANT EVERY SCHOOL LEADING INTO A REGIONAL IV PROGRAM.>>WHEN YOU SAY ARTICULATION, ALL THE SCHOOLS ARE FEEDING INTO A REGIONAL IB PROGRAM SUMMARY FOR IN CLEARLY IT’S NOT YOUR INTENT TO PUT A MIDDLE YEARS PROGRA.>>I THINK WHAT HER INTENTION IS THAT THE GRAIN NINE AND 10 PROGRAM AT THE HIGH SCHOOLS. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO CHANGE THE WORDING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THIS THAT WE SUPPORT THE PROGRAM WITH GRADES NINE, 10, MIDDLE YEARS.>>Brenda Wolff: I WOULD HAVE TROUBLE SIGNING ON TO IT THE WAY IT’S WRITTEN. I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. WAS SUGGESTED TO ME YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ARTICULATION FROM THE NUMBER OF SITUATION.>>I KNOW WE HAVE THE DATA THAT’S RECEIVED A FOUR OR HIGHER BY HIGH SCHOOL. CAN WE ALSO AS A FOLLOW-UP HAVE DATA SHOWING HOW MANY STUDENTS RECEIVED A FOUR OR HIGHER HAVE NOT BEEN PART OF A MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM? AND IN COMPARISON WITH THOSE OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS THAT WERE PART OF THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM.>>Jack Smith: PART OF WHAT YOU DESCRIBED IS A PROBLEM. BECAUSE SOME OF THEM MIGHT HAVE BEEN PART OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS PROGRAM AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL, SOME OF THE NINTH AND 10TH GRADE. SUMP PUMP AND NEITHER. AND SOME HAVE BEEN BOT. THAT’S PART OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO SORT OUT HERE. SO WE WILL SEND YOU WHAT WE HAVE READ ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE NINTH AND 10TH THAT HAVE NOT HAD ACCESS TO NINTH AND 10TH. AND NOT TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL. BECAUSE THAT WILL JUST MUDDY THE WATER GREAT SENECA VALLEY IS FIRST ON OUR LIST BECAUSE PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THEY HAVE A MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT HAS I. A MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT DOESN’T AND THEN NOT IN THE NINTH AND 10TH GRADE. IT’S A VERY CHAOTIC ARTICULATION. IS JUST CHAOTIC. WE WANT TO FIX THAT. AND SO WE WILL SEND YOU WHO IS HAVING NINTH AND 10TH GRADE MIDDLE YEARS AND ARTICULATE IT ON 11 AND 12 AND WHO HASN’T. IS THAT FAIR?>>Brenda Wolff: COULD WE DO WITH THE RESOLUTION WE HAVE GOT AND THEN.>>Shebra Evans: NO.>>Brenda Wolff: SHE COULD WITHDRAW THAT?>>WHAT I’M GOING TO DO I HAVE A REVISION TO THE LANGUAGE. LET ME READ IT. I DO THINK THEY HAVE IT IN THE PRESENTATION, THE REFERENCE TO. IT ADDS TO THIS RESOLUTIO.>>FOR CLARITY PURPOSES?>>LET ME READ THIS AGAIN. TAKING YOUR COMMENTS. RESOLVED THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT REVIEWED THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM TO ENSURE ALL IB PROGRAMS ARE PART OF AN INTENTIONAL PIPELINE LINK TO THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. SO REMOVED THE ARTICULATION PATTERN. SO THIS CODIFIES WHAT HAS BEEN SAID HERE AT THE TABLE. DOCTOR SMITH AND STAFF.>>Brenda Wolff: SO HE IS JUST REVIEWING. OKAY. IT HAS BEEN MOVED AND SECOND TO RESOLVE THAT WE WILL REVIEW MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM READ IT.>>RESOLVE THE SUPERINTENDENT REVIEW THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM TO ENSURE ALL IB PROGRAMS ARE PART OF AN INTENTIONAL PIPELINE LINK TO THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM.>>Shebra Evans: ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? AND THAT IS UNANIMOU. AND NOW WE WILL GO BACK.>>THE WHOLE ORIGINAL MOTION IT PASSES THE AMENDMENT. IT HAS BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED.>>Shebra Evans: ALL IN FAVOR AND THAT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU ALL.>>TEAM, YOU GUYS, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS. I KNOW I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SEVERAL UNPLEASANT, BUT I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN PATIENT. BUT I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THIS AND THIS IS A MODEL OF HOW WE NEED TO DO OUR WORK. I WANT TO CHAMPION YOU AND CELEBRATE THE WORK YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AROUND THIS PROJECT. BECAUSE WE STARTED WITH A COMPLEX SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND YOU HAVE BUILT OFF THAT AND CREATED SOMETHING WONDERFUL SO THANK YOU.>>Shebra Evans: WE APPRECIATE ALL THEIR HARD WORK FOR THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM 8 FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS SYSTEMS UPDAT. DOCTOR SMITH?>>Jack Smith: THIS IS A BIG SHIFT IN TOPICS WE ARE GOING TO DO RIGHT NOW. THE ACADEMIC AND THE STUDENT FOCUS TO OUR AREA OPERATIONS THAT IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR WELL-BEING AND TO OUR OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND TO HOW WE SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS ACROSS THE SYSTEM. THIS ALSO HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR THREE YEARS AND HAS MILES TO GO BEFORE IT’S COMPLETE, BUT WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE, HOW WE ARE DOING AND WHAT THE IMPROVEMENTS AND THE ONGOING QUESTIONS ARE AROUND THESE DIFFERENT TOPICS. DOCTOR McKNIGHT, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO YOU TO SHARE THOUGHTS YOU HAVE AND THEN TURN IT OVER TO THE TEAM.>>OKAY. SO TODAY WE ARE GOING TO HEAR AN UPDATE ON THE RESOURCE PLANNING UPGRADE TO THE ENTERPRISE RESOURCE UPGRADE IS A MULTIYEAR ENDEAVOR COORDINATED UNDER THE COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER IN THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. THE HEART OF THIS PROJECT IS TO MODERNIZE AND ENSURE EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS , CORE BUSINESS SYSTEMS INCLUDING MCPS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION SYSTEM AND BUDGET MANAGEMENT APPLICATION TO BETTER SERVE OUR SCHOOLS. I WANT TO ADD A NOTE DOCTOR SMITH AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH ALL OUR OFFICES TO ENSURE FUTURE NEEDS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AS WE BUILD OUT THE SYSTEM SO WE DON’T FIND OURSELVES A FEW YEARS LATER SITTING, WE WISH WE HAD INCLUDED THAT. WE ARE DOING LOTS OF COLLABORATION WITH THE CHIEFS AND THE OFFICERS ON THAT. THE GOAL IS TO REPLACE OUTDATED CORE BUSINESS SYSTEMS WITH CURRENT SYSTEMS THAT SUPPORT CRITICAL BUSINESS FUNCTIONS AND PROVIDE STREAMLINED AFFECTIVE AND USER EXPERIENCES. THE PROJECT IS PROCEEDING ON SCHEDULE IN THE SUMMER WE PASSED THE HALFWAY MARK. GO LIVE UPDATES FOR CERTAIN SYSTEMS ARE SCHEDULED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020. NOW I’M GOING TO TURN THE PRESENTATION OVER TO CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER WHO WILL PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW. THE TEAM WILL PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT OUR PROGRESS AND UPCOMING PROJECT MILESTONES.>>THINK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON MS. EVANS, BOARD MEMBERS, DOCTOR McKNIGHT, DOCTOR MATHIS IS NOT HERE.WE ARE HERE TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE FINANCIAL BUDGET AND HUMAN RESOURCE SYSTEMS UPGRADES. IT HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY SO FAR, BUT IT IS STILL A LONG JOURNEY TO GO. OUR GOAL IS TO GIVE YOU A QUICK UPDATE. BEFORE WE DO THIS, I WANT TO INTRODUCE OUR AMAZING TEAM HE WILL SPEAK TO TODAY. DIAMOND, MY PARTNER AND OUR CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER. DEBBIE CAMP, WHO IS THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT. SUPERVISOR FOR ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLAYING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT. AND ELIANE IS THE DIRECTOR FOR DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS INFORMATION AND ROB, WHO IS OUR ERP IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANT FROM GF OA, WHICH IS A GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION. AND AS BEEN CRUCIAL ON THIS JOURNEY. ALSO, BEHIND ALL OF US ARE MEETING PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD AIMLESSLY TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE. TODAY I’M GOING TO START WITH A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHY WE ARE DOING THIS AND THEN WE WILL TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE. SO OUR GOAL IS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. ALWAYS. SO HOW DO WE IMPROVE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO REVIVE THINGS THAT ARE BETTER, MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE.SOME GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT. BEFORE I DO THAT IN THIS PROJECT WAS BORN OUT OF THAT. BEFORE I DO THAT I WANT TO TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY DOWN MEMORY LANE. OR SYSTEMS ARE ANYWHERE BETWEEN 12 AND 20 YEARS OLD. SO WHAT DID FINANCIAL QUITE 20 YEARS AGO? WAS THINKING ABOUT THE SATURDAY MORNIN. SATURDAY MORNING IS A TIME WHEN I WAKE UP AND DO MY HOUSEHOLD. THIS SATURDAY I WOKE UP AND I GAVE MY SON HIS ALLOWANCE BY PAYPAL. AND BEEN MOWED MY DAUGHTER, WHICH IS ANOTHER ELECTRONIC SYSTEM HER PART OF THE ELECTRIC BILL FOR HER COLLEGE APARTMENT IN OHIO. AND THEN I ALSO DEPOSITED MY WIFE CHECK MY WIFE GAVE ME BY USING MY PHONE AND SCANNING IT IN. I DID IT ALL IN ABOUT THREE MINUTES IN MY PAJAMAS WITH MY DOG IN MY LAP ON SATURDAY MORNING AT 8:00. WILL WITHOUT HAVE LOOKED LIKE 20 YEARS AGO? I KINDA KNOW BECAUSE I USED TO HATE IT. 20 YEARS AGO USED TO HAVE TO DRIVE TO THE BAN, WHICH MAY BE FIVE MILES AWAY, SIGNOUT IT DEPOSIT SLIP, DEPOSIT THE MONEY, FILL OUT A SEPARATE WITHDRAWAL SLIP, WITHDRAW MONEY FOR MY SON AND THEN COME HOM, WRITE A CHECK TO THE DAUGHTER MIGHT OHIO, SHE WOULD GET IT AND HOPEFULLY COMBINE IT WITH HER OTHER ROOMMATES AND THEN ALSO RECORD ALL THIS ON A HAND LEDGER. THINGS HAVE REALLY CHANGED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS DURING OUR MAKE SURE OUR STAKEHOLDERS HAVE SERVICES THAT CHANGE WITH THE TIMES AS WELL. THAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT LEDGERSTHAT ARE 20 YEARS OLD . SO WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE? OUR CURRENT SYSTEM IS UNNECESSARILY COMPLE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS DESIGN OF OUR CURRENT SYSTEM, I EQUATE IT TO THE OLD BABY IN THE SHOE. 20 YEARS AGO IT WAS PROBABLY PRETTY SIMPLE, BUT AFTER 20 YEARS WE KEPT ON ADDING ON AND IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THOSE LINES AND BOXES, IF ONE THING BREAKS ARE ONE THING DOESN’T FUNCTION CORRECTLY, EVERYTHING DOESN’T WORK. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS POTENTIALLY PEOPLE DON’T GET PAI, COMPANIES DON’T GET PAID, WE DON’T GET SERVICES OR SUPPORT ON TIME. WE WANT TO CHANGE ALL THAT TO MAKE THEM MORE STREAMLINED, MORE EFFECTIVE FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS. SO WHAT’S IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE? IN THE FUTURE OUR SYSTEM WILL BE ONE SYSTEM. WE ARE TREATING ALL OUR PEOPLE ON ONE PLATFORM, WHICH IS NICE. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE 20 OR 30 DIFFERENT PLATFORMS WE HAVE ONE PERSON WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM ONE PERSON WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THAT SYSTEM, WHICH IS PROBLEMATIC. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT UPGRADES AND UPDATES TO OUR SYSTEMS, CURRENT SYSTEMS WITH SOME OF THEM ARE SO OLD WE KNOW LONGER CAN UPGRADE THEM TO PROVIDE SUPPORT DURING OUR NEW SYSTEM WE ARE DESIGNING HAS UPDATES AUTOMATICALLY. THINK ABOUT THE USER. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE USER? THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PICTURE OF A CURRENT USER HOME SCREEN. IT’S PRETTY BASIC. WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW IS THIS IS ALSO FOUGHT WITH ERRORS PRETTY AFTER USE OF A CERTAIN TYPE OF WEB BROWSER. IF YOU TRY TO USE IT FOR, OFTEN TIMES HAVE YOU HIT SOMETHING INCORRECTLY IT TAKES YOU TO A PLACE YOU DON’T KNOW OR STOPS WORKING. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE? THIS IS A MOCKUP OF OUR NEW SYSTEM. THINK ABOUT YOUR USERNAME, ROBERT JACKMAN. LOG INTO A SYSTEM LIKE THIS ON HIS OR HER IPAD, HIS OR HER COMPUTER, HIS OR HER LAPTOP. AND BE ABLE TO GET THE SERVICES AND SYSTEMS HE OR SHE NEEDS MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY. NOW I’M GOING TO PASS IT OVER TO NASSER WHO WILL TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW IN OUR PROGRESS AND TIMELINE.>>FISCAL YEAR 2018 WOOD COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS FOR OUR COURT EXISTENCE. WHEN I REFER TO CORE BUSINESS SYSTEMS, THESE ARE THE FINANCIAL, BUDGETING AND HUMAN CAPITAL SYSTEMS. THE REPORT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GRAPH IS THE ASSESSMENT I’M REFERRING TO. THIS ASSESSMENT LED US TO CREATE THE ROADMAP YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN RIGHT NOW. AND WE HAVE BEEN SINCE THE ROADMAP, WE HAVE BEEN EXECUTING ACCORDING TO THE ROADMAP AND MAKING GREAT PROGRESS. THE HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND HUMAN CAPITALS.THE ROADMAP CALLS FOR UPGRADING THE HUMAN CAPITAL SYSTEM IN TWO FACE. THE FIRST PHASE IS THEY WILL PERFORM THE UPGRADE ON PREMISE HERE WITH LOCAL HARDWARE PARIS THAT’S A CLASSICAL UPGRADE. WE NEEDED TO DO THAT BECAUSE IF WE DIDN’T DO IT THE SYSTEM WOULD BE OUT OF SUPPORT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE SUPPORT FROM AND WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT SOON. SHORTLY AFTER THE WE’RE GOING TO START THE SECOND PHASE, WHICH IS TO PARIS FOR GOING TO CLOUD.WE WILL BE PERFORMING THE GATHERING PROCESS MAPPIN. IN THE NEXT PHASE WILL BE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN, WHICH IS TO MIGRATE THE HUMAN CAPITALS TO THE CLOUD. ALL THESE ARE OVERLAPPING WITH THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, WHICH WE STARTED TO IMPLEMENT IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. AND IT WILL ALSO OVERLAP WITH THE BUDGET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, WHICH WE WILL BEGIN IMPLEMENTING IN A CLOUD AT SCHOOL STARTING JANUARY THIS YEAR.>>I THINK IT’S WORTH US SHARING BECAUSE I THINK MANY OF US, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WHO COME FROM THE CLASSROOM. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT IMPLEMENTING IT INTO A SYSTEM, WE THINK ABOUT PURCHASING IT AND USING IT. THE PURCHASE A CURRICULUM AND START USING IT. WHEN WE DO THIS IN TECHNOLOGY WITH BUSINESS SYSTEMS, IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. WE ARE IMPLEMENTING IT MEANS WE ARE BUILDING IT, WE ARE TRANSITIONING AND WE ARE MOVING DATA OVER. WE ARE TESTING IT, WE ARE MAKING SURE THE CURRENT RULES, REGULATIONS AND LAWS ARE ALL IN PLACE. WE ARE RUNNING THROUGH SCENARIOS, WE ARE RUNNING THROUGH DIFFERENT PHASES OF OUR CONTRACT TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK OUR IMPLEMENTATION IS MUCH MORE EXTENDED PROCESS AND THOSE OF US WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT BUYING SOFTWARE AND YOU LOADED ON YOUR COMPUTER AND IT RUNNING IT. THIS IS A COMPLEX, HE SAW WHAT HE SHARED WITH YOU A FEW MINUTES AGO, WE ARE TAKING MANY SYSTEMS THAT HAVE MANY RULES ASSOCIATED WITH THEM WHO HAD TO TAKE UP PURCHASE OF A SYSTEM AND BUILD THE REQUIREMENTS OUT AND TEST AND TRANSLATE AND MOVE IN INTERFACE ALL OF OUR DATA AND INFORMATION OVER. INTO A LONG, EXTREMELY COMPLEX PROCESS WE ARE GOING THROUGH. AND HE WILL SHARE ABOUT HOW WE DID THAT IN THE DIFFERENT PHASES. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO THINK IMPLEMENTING THAT MEANT WE WERE USING THE NEW SYSTEM RIGHT NOW.>>SO WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT. THE CLOUD IMPLEMENTATION STARTED IN JANUARY OF THIS YE . THIS INCLUDES THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND THE BUDGETING APPLICATION. SINCE JANUARY. TO GIVE YOU SOME STATISTICAL INFORMATION. WE HAD OVER 700 WORK SESSIONS. EACH WORK SESSION CAN BE ANYWHERE BETWEEN ONE HOUR AND FOUR HOUR. BUT TOOK OFFICE THE OVER 1500 HOURS OF BRAINSTORMING, TESTING, ARGUING IN A GOOD WAY WHAT’S RIGHT, WHAT’S NOT RIGHT, WITH CAN WOR.>>CAN YOU GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF WHAT WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT. WHAT WE ACTUALLY NEED IT 700 WORK PLUS SESSIONS WHAT WE ARE DOING. SO THEY CAN GET A SENSE OF MAYBE THE MILEAGE MODULE OR SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE ALL USED IN EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE DOING DURING THOSE SESSIONS.>>SURE. FOR EACH FUNCTION WE BRING FOR MULTIPLE OFFICES WHO KNOW THE BUSINES. WHO UNDERSTAND POLICIES, WHO UNDERSTAND HOW IT’S CALCULATED BETWEEN POINTS. HOW THE DIFFERENCE SHOULD BE ENTERED, HOW THE DIFFERENCE SHOULD BE AUDITED AND HOW A PERSON WOULD BE PAID. HE GOES AROUND THESE ITEM. REQUIREMENTS IS WITHIN. PEOPLE REVIEW REQUIREMENTS AND AGREE ON THIS IS HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE CONFIGURING THE SYSTEM. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HEARD IN THE PAST ABOUT WE ARE GOING TO CUSTOMIZE THE SYSTEM, WE ARE NOT CUSTOMIZING THE SYSTEMS. WE ARE USING THE SYSTEMS OUT OF THE BOX. WE ARE CHANGING SOMETIMES THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS. WE ARE NOT MAKING CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION. AND IN THE WHEN YOU SEE THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT’S GOING TO TAKE TO DO AN UPGRADE FOR AN APPLICATION WITH HEAVY CUSTOMIZATIONS. SO WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THAT AND THEN RECONFIGURE THE SYSTE . AFTER CONFIGURATION THE SYSTEM IS BEING TESTED. WE GO THROUGH UNIT TESTING AND THEN WHEN OTHER COMPONENTS NEED TO BE TEST, WE WILL FORM ASSISTANT INTEGRATION TESTING, IF NEEDED. BEFORE WE GO TO THE FINAL STAGE OF USER ACCEPTANCE TESTING OR WE BRING LARGER POPULATION FROM SCHOOLS AND OFFICES TO LOOK AT THE SYSTEM TO TEST TO BE SURE THE SYSTEM IS GOING TO WORK AND WILL MEET THE REQUIREMENTS.>>I’M GOING TO TAGTEAM THIS A LITTLE BIT AND TALK ABOUT THE SYSTEM INTEGRATION TESTING. THAT’S THE PERIOD WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. YOU DID A GREAT JOB EXPLAINING THE DESIGN, AND THE CONFIGURATION PHASES WE GO THROUGH. RIGHT NOW OUR IMPLEMENTATION FIRM HAS CONFIGURED OUR TEST SYSTEM. WE CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHAT WE HAVE CONFIGURED AND SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.I’M WORKING WITH A TEAM OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW LOOKING AT WHAT THE BUSINESS USES CAME UP WITH BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO WORK RIGHT IN THE BACK AND. WE ARE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE FOR THE END USERS. FOR PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOLS, FOR YOU WHO HAVE TO ACTUALLY ENTER THE MILEAGE. WE NEED TO FIX THIS. THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE NEED TO TWEAK. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW IN THIS PART AND THAT IS A BIG FOCUS OF HOURS TO MAKE SURE THE SYSTEM FROM THE SYSTEMS WE ARE DEVELOPING NO AS WELL AS A DO FOR THE BUSINESS USERS.SO WE ARE TAKING EXTRA TIME TO FOCUS ON THA. WE WANT TO BRING A GROUP OF PROBABLY THESE WILL BE THE FINANCIAL PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE SYSTEMIN THE SCHOOLS. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATORS, THE SMALL BUSINESS GROUP AND FINANCIAL SPECIALISTS AND PEOPLE WHO WILL BE WORKING WITH US WITH THE CHANGE MANAGEMENT TO SEE THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. WILL YOU GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK, WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE BIG CHANGE FOR YOU. THIS IS A DEAL BREAKER KIND OF THING. BEFORE WE GO TO USER ACCEPTANCE TESTING.TO GET TO THAT POINT, EITHER IT WORKS OR IT DOESN’T. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TWEAK BUT IT LOOKS LIKE ON THE SCREEN TO A DEGREE. WE ARE GOING EXTRA STEPS IN THE PROCESS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING THE BEST THAT WE CAN.>>BACK ON THE PROJECT TEAM, THE IMPLEMENTATION.WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 50 MCPS PEOPLE ON THE PROJECT TEAM IN THOSE WORK SESSIONS. IN ADDITION TO THAT WE HAVE 16 CONSULTANTS FROM ASP, THAT’S A CONSULTING COMPANY HELPING US IMPLEMENT THE COST SOLUTION AS WELL AS TWO PEOPLE FROM JFK PROVIDING PROJECT OVERSIGHT AND ADVISORY SERVICES. GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICER ASSOCIATION. THE HUMAN RESOURCE SYSTEM, THAT WAS THE FIRST WORLD WAR ON THE EARLIER SCREEN FOR THE SYSTEM IS TARGETED FROM THE GREATEST TARGETED TO GO LIVE IN MID-NOVEMBER OF THIS YEAR. IT TAKES APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE THIS UPGRADE. AND WE ARE NOT GAINING MUCH FUNCTIONAL WE ARE NOT USING THE FUNCTIONALITY EXCEPT FOR BEING FORCED TO CHANGE THE REPORTING SYSTEM, WHICH I WILL TALK ABOUT IN THE NEXT SLIDE. SO WE ARE DOING ALL OF THAT JUST TO BE SUPPORTIVE. OUR PEOPLE CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THEIR BENEFITS AND BUSINESS CONTINUES AS USUAL. THIS IS WHAT I WAS REFERRING TO EARLIER ABOUT THINK THE UPGRADE. VERY LENGTHY. IN THE CLOUD WHEN WE GO TO CLOUD, UPGRADES ARE TYPICALLY PUSHED ON A QUARTERLY BASIS. WE HAVE TO DO SOME TESTING, BUT IT’S NOT SIX MONTHS, IT’S NOT A YEAR OR TWO YEARS. WE DON’T NEED TO PULL PEOPLE FROM THEIR OFFICES FOR SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF TIME. WE STILL HAVE THE TEST, BUT IT WILL NOT BE THIS LENGTHY. IT WILL NOT BE AS EXPENSIVE. WE ARE ON A REPORTING SYSTEM FOR MANY YEARS. WE ARE UPGRADING THE REPORTING SYSTEM TO HUDSON BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND REPORTING. SCHOOLS AND OFFICES WILL SUBSTANTIALLY BENEFIT FROM THE NEWLY REPORTED FUTURE. IT WOULD BE ABLE TO STAND HR REPORTS FROM THEIR STAFF FOR THEIR SCHOOLS FROM THE DASHBOARD WITHOUT HAVING TO CONTACT THE EMPLOYEE RETIREE SERVICE CENTER OR WAIT FOR THE OTHER ONE TO ARRIVE THROUGH THE SAME APPLIES FOR MANY OFFICES WHERE DIFFERENT DASHBOARDS ARE BUILT FOR HUMAN RESOURCE. FOR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, FOR THE BUDGET UNIT. EACH OF THESE OFFICES WILL HAVE THEIR OWN SECURE PORTAL TO RUN THEIR OWN REPORTS. LOOKING AHEAD IN FY 20, THE RTE STARTED FOR HIM WE ARE ON THE ROAD. WE ARE LOOKING TO GO LIVE WITH THE RESOURCES THIS NOVEMBER. AND WE WILL FOLLOW THAT BY GOING LIVE WITH THE CLOUD FINANCIAL SYSTEM IN EARLY 202. WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BUDGET SYSTEM 2020 PRITIKIN, WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN THE IMPLEMENTATION, BUT THE GO LIVE WILL BE IN EARLY FY 22.>>WANT TO CLARIFY WE ARE NOT GOING LIVE WITH A NEW HUMAN SYSTEM, WE ARE GOING LIVE WITH THE UPGRADED PART. WE ARE SCOOPING OUT THE NEW SYSTEM IN FALL AND PUTTING IN A NEW ARP I’M SORRY AS PART OF THE FALL PROCESS WE ARE SCOPING OUT THE NEW SYSTEM IN THE FALL AND PUTTING IT IN AS WELL FOR IN AS PART OF THE FALL PROCESS. BUT WE ARE GOING LIVE IN A COUPLE YEARS WITH THE NEW HR SYSTEM. I WILL PASS IT ON.>>I JUST HAVE ANOTHER COMMENT ABOUT THE CRYSTAL REPORTS. WRITING SOMETHING DOWN AS A FORMER PRINCIPA. I’M SURE DOCTOR DOCCA, YOU WILL REMEMBER ASKING FOR CERTAIN REPORTS FROM THE EMPLOYEE RETIREE SERVICE CENTER. SO ARE DIRECTOR HAS REALLY HE TOOK THE LEAD IN WORKING ON THE CRYSTAL ROOF COURTS. THAT IN ITSELF WAS A PROJEC. WHILE WE HAVE THREE SYSTEMS WE ARE FOCUSING ON, THE WORK IS THE UPGRADES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION HAVE SPURRED OTHER PROJECTS. CRYSTAL REPORTS WAS ONE. WE HAD HOW MANY WAS IN THE DISCOVER REPORTS? THAT PERSKY WAS USING WHEN PRINCIPLES WOULDASK FOR INFORMATION SHE WOULD RUN THESE REPORTS . THEY WOULD SEND YOU THE OUTPUT OF THE REPORTS. WE HAD THEY HAD ABOUT DICK’S HUNDRED TO 700 REPORTS THE SYSTEM WAS USING. ALL THOSE REPORTS HAD TO BE CONVERTED OR REDONE IN THIS CRYSTAL REPORTING PLATFORM.SO KUDOS TO ERSKINE FOR ALL THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE ON THE CONVERSION WITH THE HELP. IT’S GOING TO BE A REAL PLUS FOR OUR PRINCIPLES TO BE ABLE TO. IS JUST THE PRINCIPLES WE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE DASHBOARDS. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GO AND TRY TO CLICK ON THE REPORT TO GET INFORMATION THAT THEY COMMONLY WOULD HAVE TO WAIT A COUPLE DAYS FOR. SO AS YOU CAN TELL WITH THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN SHARED SO FAR, THIS PROJECT, THE ERP UPGRADE PROGRAM IS WHAT WE CALL THIS ENTIRE WHATEVER. [ >>MULTIPLE PROJECTS.>>ALL THE WORDS. IT’S A HUGE UNDERTAKING. IF YOU LOOK AT IT IT GOES AND SPANS OVER MULTIPLE FISCAL YEARS. IS A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN THE SYSTEM. AND REALLY CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS KIND OF A BIG PROJECT IS THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT WE ARE GETTING FROM YOU. BE PRESENTED TO THE FISCAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE. DOCTOR SMITH HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE AND WE ARE STRIVING TO SORT OF MEET YOUR VERY HIGH GOAL OF I DON’T WANT TO SAY AMAZON EASY BECAUSE I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING THAT LOOKS AMAZON EASY YET, BUT WE ARE TRYING. WE ARE TRYING AS BEST AS WE CAN YOU REMEMBER, BUT WE ARE WORKING ON NOW THE SQUAD IMPLEMENTATION IS A FINANCIAL SYSTEM. WORK IS THE SAME. IT’S NOT EASY WORK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE ARE DOING OUR BEST. AND I SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE TEAM IN THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOR THE SUPPORT WE ARE RECEIVING FROM THE COUNTY COUNCIL. PARTICULARLY FROM OUR EXECUTIVE SPONSORS FROM NIKKI DIMON, FROM PETE, FROM DOCTOR ZUCKERMAN. WE GET GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT THEIR INSTRUMENTAL IN REDUCING BARRIERS US FOR US BECAUSE IT’S VERY COMPLEX WORK AS THINGS, ALL THE TIMES WHEN AND IT’S JUST AN AWESOME TEAM WE HAVE. WE THANK YOU FOR THAT.>>IT’S WE WHO NEED TO THANK YOU GREATER ABSOLUTE FOCUS ON THE END USER AND ON MAKING EVERYTHING WORK REALLY WELL IN THE BACK IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED AND YOU GUYS HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT, DESCRIBE IT, ARGUED ABOUT IT. ALL THE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO. I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE SO FAR. >>STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT TO U. WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION. ROSS HAS BEEN WITH US AND HE WORKED WITH US IN OUR INITIAL PROCESS MAPPING FOR THE FINANCIAL AND THE BUDGET SYSTEMS TO UNDERSTAND HOW MCPS DOES BUSINESS. HE HELPED US DEVELOP REQUIREMENTS. GF 08 IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AND RESPECTED IN THE FIELD AS EXPERTS IN ERP IMPLEMENTATIONS AS WELL AS MANY OTHER THINGS. SO IN THE WORLD OF FINANCE. WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THEIR SUPPOR. THEY HELP US WITH THE PROCESS. IN FACT, I’M VERY PROUD. WE HAD AN AMAZING PROCESS AND SOME OF THE TOOLS THAT WE USED IN THE SCREENING, THE VENDOR SELECTION. IT HAS BEEN USED BY OTHER DEPARTMENTS MOVING FORWARD. IT’S LIKELY ARE SHARING THEY ARE SHARING BEST PRACTICES AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS ARE FINDING THINGS THAT WILL WORK FOR THEM. THAT SO THAT’S BEEN VERY EXCITING.AND WORKING WITH EXPERIENCED CONSULTANTS THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTERS WE ARE WORKING WITH NOW WITH THE FINANCIAL SYSTEMS ARE EXPERIENCED IN CLOUD IMPLEMENTATION. CLOUD IMPLEMENTATIONS ARE VERY FINANCES ARE VERY NEW FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL. THEY ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT MCPS GOING THROUGH THIS JOURNEY. THERE ARE A LOT OF SYSTEMS LOOKING AT US TO SEE HOW WE DO. THEY ARE KEEPING US ON OUR TOE . WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO THINGS RIGHT BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT THEM TO BE PARTICULARLY CRITICAL OF WHAT WE ARE DOING. WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME OTHER SMALLER SCHOOL SYSTEMS THAT HAVE DONE THIS IN LEARNING FROM THINGS THEY HAVE DONE AND WHAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NO . IS EXPERIENCE IS KEY. I THINK THAT DOCTOR SMITH SAID, THE FOCUS ON THE END-USER IS REALLY SOMETHING I’M PROUD TO BE A PART OF HIS PEER MCPS IS COMMITTED RESOURCES TO CHANGE MANAGEMENT FOR ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT THE COMMUNICATIONS AND TO TRAINING. WE ARE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION LIKE THIS ONE YOU ARE DOING THE ERP IMPLEMENTATIONS, WHATEVER IT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST FACTOR OF FAILURES IS THE NEED FOR CHANGE MANAGEMENT SERENE AND SO MCPS WAS THERE IN THE BEGINNING WITH RECOGNIZING THIS IS IMPORTANT. WE HAVE TO DO THIS AND IS GOING TO BE AN ONGOING PROCESS. WE ARE INVOLVING STAKEHOLDERS ALONG THE WAY. WE ARE COMMUNICATING SO FAR WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NO, THE STAKEHOLDERS WHO BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN AT LEAST IN THE FINANCIAL PROJECT, HAVE BEEN THE PRIMARY BUSINESS USERS. THEY ARE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE YOU’RE GETTING READY TO REACH OUT TO GET END-USERS TO BE INVOLVED IN THAT. I HAVE BEEN UPDATING OUR FINANCIAL PLC GROUPS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATORS, THE FINANCIAL SPECIALISTS. HAVE BEEN SENDING INFORMATION OUT TO THE ADVENTIST SECRETARIES TO KEEP THEM APPRISED OF THE PROJECT. WHAT WE ARE DOING, WHERE WE ARE FOR WE DO HAVE A PROJECT WEBSITE WITH INFORMATIO. WE ARE JUST STARTING THIS MONTH AND BIG CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN TO MEET WITH ALL THE PLC GROUPS BECAUSE THIS IS ONE WE WANT THEM, WE NEED THEIR INVOLVEMENT AND WE ARE GOING TO BE ASKING THEM TO BE MORE ACTIVELY INVOLVED. THIS ACTUALLY IS OURS VISION. THIS IS OUR STRUCTURE FOR CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND HOW WE AREN’TMANAGING . THIS IS MASSIVE CHANGE FOR THE FINANCIAL RESULTS ARE IN SOLICITS OR CHANGE AGENT NETWORK FOR THE ERP CLOUD IMPLEMENTATION. AS YOU CAN SEE, AT THE TOP OF THE NETWOR, OUR CFO, OR CTO DEFINING DIVISION, OUR EXECUTIVE SPONSOR. OR CHANGED CHAMPIONS ARE REALLY FOR DIRECTORS, OUR PRINCIPLES, OUR LIAISONS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU’RE COMMUNICATIN, WERE UNDERSTANDING DIVISION, OR MAY CONTRIBUTE PEOPLE AND THEIR LOCATIONS AND ON THEIR STAFF UNDERSTAND THAT VISION AND THAT THEY ARE SUPPORTING THAT TOO TO THE MANAGERS AND THE SUPERVISORS ARE MORE INTO THE WEEDS IN THIS IN UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. THEY ARE OUR LIAISONS. WE ARE IDENTIFIED IN CHANGE AGENTS IN CHANGE COACHES. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DOING A. WE WANT TWO FOR THE SCHOOLS OF EACH SCHOOL A POINT OF CONTACT. ONE PERCENT WE CAN PUSH INFORMATION DIRECTLY TO OTHER THAN THE PRINCIPLES AS THINGS ARE HAPPENING. WE DO HAVE A TWITTER FEED AS WE HAVE NEW THINGS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE. WE WANTED SORT OF SPINAL INFORMATION THAT ARE CHANGE AGENTS . WE WANT TWO FOR THE CHANGE COACHES. THIS WILL BE PEOPLE, THE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATORS, THE FINANCIAL SPECIALISTS, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE ACTIVE USERS AT THEIR SCHOOL LOCATIONS WHO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM. AT THE BIGGER LOCATIONS THEY WILL BE TRAINING THEIR PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOLS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF TRAINING . THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAINING EVERYONE. WE ARE GOING TO DO SYSTEMWIDE TRAINING, MAKE THAT AVAILABLE TO USERSOF THE SYSTEM , WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TRAINING AVAILABLE IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FORMS SERIOUSLY WILL HAVE FACE-TO-FAC. OUR TRAINERS ARE WORKING ON ONLINE TRAINING MODULES SO THERE WILL BE ON-DEMAND AND WE WILL HAVE TRAINING MATERIALS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE. WE ALSO WANTED TO DO SOME WEB. WE MAY DO SOME WEB AXIS, TRAINING AND LOOKING AT DIFFERENT MODES OF MAKING THE TRAINING AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN THE SYSTEMS. THE CHANGE COACHES, HOWEVER, I WORKED IN THE HIGH SCHOOL AS A BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR AND I REMEMBER WHEN WE WENT LIVE WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM WE HAVE NO, I HAD TO PULL TOGETHER THE RESOURCE TEACHERS TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTOOD HOW TO USE A SYSTEM TO DO THEIR ORDERING. SANTO HAD TAKEN TRAINING, SOME OF THE HAS NOT. WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTOOD THE SCHOOL PROCESSES IN THE SYSTEM AS WELL. WE WANTED A QUICK ARE CHANGED COACHES WITH THEY WILL BE THE FIRST TO BE TRAINED THEY WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO INTERACT WITH THE SYSTEM PERIODS MAYBE THEY WILL BE PART OF THESE FOCUS GROUPS THEY HAVE AND THEY WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED IN SOME OF THE USER ACCEPTANCE TESTING. THEY HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE SYSTEM THAT WILL GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND SUPPORTS OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR SCHOOLS.>>LET ME TAKE YOU BACK TO THE STRATEGIC ROADMAP AND QUICKLY SUMMARIZE FOR YOU. THIS IS A HUGE PROJECT. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE COUNTY HAS INVESTED LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO HIS IT FOR SIX YEARS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS PROJECT FOR HIS IS COMPLEX AND IN MANY WAYS, THE WORK WE DO HOPEFULLY IS SILENT AND THINGS YOU DON’T HEAR ABOUT. THAT’S OUR GOALS. BECAUSE THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS, BUT IF WE DON’T HAVE A PAYROLL SYSTEM AND ATTACK SYSTEM AND WE DON’T HAVE A WAY TO IMPLEMENT OUR CONTRACTS SYRIA IF WE CAN’T PAY OUR BILLS, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE TEACHING STUDENTS. BEHIND THE SCENE, ALL OF US AND ALL THE PEOPLE YOU HEARD ABOUT TODAY ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THERE IS SILENCE WHEN IT COMES TO THESE AREAS. BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT WILL END WE HAVE TO DO WITH THE COMPLEXITY THAT HE SHARED WITH YOU EARLIER. WE ARE WORKING THROUGH ALL THOSE PIECES AND THE TECHNICALITY MOST PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN. BUT WE WANTED TO ASSURE YOU WE ARE AND WE ARE TAKING CARE OF IT FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS. FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, FOR OUR STUDENTS. IS A LOT OF WORK AHEAD. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEASURE AND LOOK AT OUR TIMELINE. WE DON’T WANT TO RUSH THINGS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY GET DONE IN A TIMELY FASHION AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE THAT’S WHY DEBBIE SPOKE SO MUCH ABOUT OUR CHANGE PROCESS. WE ARE MEASURING AND TALKING ABOUT CHANGE PRINT QUALITY SILENT SYSTEM BEHIND THE SCENES, WHEN YOU CHANGE A SYSTEM AS IMPORTANT AS A PAYROLL SYSTE, THE WHOLE BUSINESS INFRASTRUCTURE THAT KEEPS MCPS RUNNING, IT’S IMPORTANT PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT PROCESS. PEOPLE WHO I ASK AND I DIDN’T KNOW YOU THE MONEY AND THEY WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT’S STILL. IS A BOUT OF LEARNING TO BE DONE THOSE OF US WHO MAY BE DOING PAYROLL IS CERTAINLY ORDERING A CERTAIN WAY FOR MANY YEARS. WE ARE DOING WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE IMPLEMENT THE SYSTEM, AND MAKES FOR SENSE FOR THE END-USER AND THAT THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH WHAT THEY NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THE IMPLEMENT IT. IT CAN BE QUIET AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES .WE CAN MAKE SURE WE ARE KEEPING TO THE BUSINESS AT HAND, WHICH IS THE EDUCATION OF OUR STUDENTS. WE HAVE SOME NEXT STEPS. WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE THINGS HAPPENING OVER THE NEXT MONTHS. WE INVITE YOU TO COME VISIT US AT GOODY DRIVE. WE HAVE A WARM ROOM OF SORTS RECEIPT WITH MANY OF US IN ONE BIG ROOM AND HAVE SO 700+ MEETING. PLEASE COME VISIT US. PRETTY MUCH AROUND-THE-CLOCK SOMETIMES . WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME BY. WE HAVE THE PROCESS MAPPING STREET WHILE WE ARE MOVING INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. WE ARE BEGINNING FOR THE PROCESS OF THE BUDGET CLOUD REQUIREMENTS. WE HAVE TO NOW BEGIN THE HUMAN CAPITAL PIECE, WHICH IS THE PROCESS MAPPING, WHICH IS LOOKING AT THE PROCESSES WITHIN HUMAN CAPITAL PERIODS HUMAN CAPITAL IS A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING. REMIND ME HOW MANY PAY SCHEDULES WE HAVE. 300+? 300+ PAY SCHEDULES. WE HAVE REQUIREMENTS WITH OUR CONTRACTS IN THE HUNDREDS. EVERY ONE OF THOSE HAS TO BE MATT SO WHEN WE GET THE SYSTEM WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT SYSTEM CAN ACCOMMODATE ALL THOSE NEEDS. WE HAD TO MOVE THE PROCESS MAPS OF ALL OUR DIFFERENT PAY SCHEDULES AND TAX SCHEDULES INTO AN RFP THAT WE WILL PUT OUT FOR BID FOR THE HUMAN CAPITAL SYSTEM AND THEN WE WILL SELECT A VENDOR AND BEGIN THE PROCESS WITH THE HUMAN CAPITAL SYSTEM THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DEALING RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF BUILDING THE SYSTEM THAT WE ARE DOING WITH OUR FINANCIAL AND BUDGET SYSTEM PERIODS THAT SEQUENCE AND TIMELINE YOU SAW EARLIER IS WHAT WE WILL BE EXPERIENCING THIS FAL. AND THE TEAMS THAT ARE WORKING ON IT ARE TEAMS THAT ARE ALSO DOING THE JOB YOU KNOW THEM AS DOING EVERYDAY. WHICH IS MAKING SURE PAYROLL IS PROCESSED AND WE ARE HIRING EVERYONE THAT NEEDS TO BE HIRED AND MAKINGSURE THE BILLS ARE PAID IN TAXES ARE TAKING CARE OF. ALL THOSE FORMS ALL OUR EMPLOYEES STAY WITH EACH AND EVERY DAY ARE TAKING CARE OF CERTAIN WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE STRADDLING ALL THE DIFFERENT WORK . I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A LOT OF WORK IS HAPPENED. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK MOVING FORWARD BUT HOPEFULLY YOU WILL HEAR A LOT FROM US OF THEM WHEN YOU WANT UPDATES. BECAUSE WE WERE GOING TO BE DOING IT HOPEFULLY VERY WELL. WE WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS IF THERE ARE ANY.>>YOU FOR THE HARD WORK AND THE ABILITY TO ENTER THROUGH 700 MEETINGS. WHILE IT IS SILENT AND IS IMPORTANT IT REMAINS SILENT. GOD FOR BID PEOPLE WERE NOT BEING PAID BECAUSE IT WOULD BE DEMORALIZING, IT WOULD BRING THE SYSTEM TO A HALT BECAUSE SAYS ALL EVERYONE WOULD BE FOCUSED ON. AND WE HAVE LONG NEGLECTED UPGRADING OUR BUSINESS SYSTEMS BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS CHALLENGED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TECHNOLOGY AND EVERYTHING THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL SPIRIT NEVERTHELESS, IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. WHEN I GOT HERE, PERSONNEL RECORDS WERE KEPT ON CARDS. OF IS A THAT’S 20 YEARS AGO, BUT THEY WERE KEPT ON A THREE BY FIVE INDEX CARDS, BUT THE BIG CARDS. THAT’S HOW IT WAS. BUT I HAVE ONE QUESTION. I KNOW THE CITY OF BALTIMORE WAS SHUT DOWN BY RAN SOMEWHERE. JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE, EVERYTHING IS SO VITALLY IMPORTANT TO US WE DO HERE ABOUT HOSPITALS, HERE ABOUT MUNICIPALITIESBEING SHUT DOWN . I DON’T WANT OUR SECRETS AND HOW WE ARE PROTECTING OURSELVES SPELLED OUT THERE, BUT REASSURE US WE ARE TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS.>>WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION YESTERDAY ABOUT TALKING ABOUT SPECIFICS. YOU ARE RIGHT. WE DON’TWANT TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT WE DO TO MAKE SURE WE ARE SECURE . THANKS TO YOU ALL AND THANKS TO THE VISIT OF DOCTOR SMITH, WE DEVOTED A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO MAKING SURE OUR SYSTEMS ARE SECURE AS POSSIBLE. IS NO SUCH THING AS COMPLETELY SECURES.I HATE TO SAY THAT, BUT IF THEY COULD HACK THE NSA THEY CAN HASH MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SPIRIT IN A WE ARE FAR AND ABOVE WHAT WE DO TO MAKE OUR SYSTEMS AS SECURE AS POSSIBLE. I CAN ASSURE YOU OF THAT.>>I CAN ADD TO THAT. WE HAVE NUMEROUS TEST STRUCTURES IN SPACE AND STRUCTURES IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE WATCHING IN THE OF THE FOG THAT CAN TAKE PLACE. ISHOWED MS. DIXON , I KEEP A LITTLE LIKE KEEP. IN CALL OF MOVEMENT OF MONEY FROM THE BANK HAS TO GO THROUGH THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE FOR EACH OF US HAVE A PROCESS WE USE FOR WE ARE SENT A CODE AND WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT CODE IN THE CODE CHANGES EVERY 30 SECONDS. NO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE THE CODE BECAUSE IT TZATZIKI WE HAVE TO HAVE A SEPARATE PASSWORD PUT INTO PRINT THERE ARE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO PROTECT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, YOUR FUNDS IN OUR FUNDS TO MAKE SURE MONEY IS NOT MOVED IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE FRAUDULENT. WE WORK WE DO WITH THE BANK ON A REGULAR BASIS AND POSITIVE PAY PROCESSES TO ENSURE ROD IS NOT COMMITTED AND WHEN THINGS DO HAPPEN AND CERTAINLY THINGS TO HAPPEN, WE HAVE ACTIONS IN PLACE WE CAN MOVE VERY QUICKLY TO STUDY AND TEST AND MAKE SURE THEY DON’T HAPPEN AGAIN.BE A VARIETY OF STRUCTURES IN PLACE WE SHARE WITH FISCAL MANAGEMENT WORK WITH THE TECHNOLOGY TEAM. WE WORK TO KEEP THE TECHNOLOGY SAFE BUT ALSO KEEP THE MONEY SAFE.>>Shebra Evans: DOCTOR DOCCA? COMMENTS? THOUGHTS? NO?>>Judith Docca: I JUST HAVE AN OVERALL VIEW THAT YOU ARE REALLY GOING TO BE STRAIGHTENING THESE THINGS OUT THAT WE HAVE TO TURN PAPER WORK AND FOR. FOR INSTANCE, THE MILEAGE. YOU HAVE A SYSTEM THAT WILL BE TRANSLATED FROM OUR PAPER AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE US PUT IT IN ON COMPUTER. IS THAT RIGHT? SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. AND WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT YOUR KEY BEFORE. WE DIDN’T FORGET.>>Shebra Evans: MISS SILVESTRE?>>Karla Silvestre: ONE OF THE THINGS I’M INTERESTED IN IS THE HR SYSTEM. OFTEN TIMES WE HAVE DOCTOR ZUCKERMAN OR HR DIRECTOR SAY IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT’S NOT GETTING TO THE SYSTE, EMAIL U . WE WILL MAKE SURE THEY GET TO THE SYSTEM. IS FIXED TO THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG IN THE SYSTEM IF THEY ARE NOT GETTING TO THE FINAL DESTINATION. IN MY UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY, THE HR SYSTEM WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BEING ALSO INCLUDE THAT EXTERNAL PEOPLE APPLICANT FACING AS WELL AS PAYROLL, WHICH IS INDICATED?>>ABSOLUTELY SERIOUS OUR GOAL RIGHT NOW IS TO DESIGN ALL THE PROCESSES. TO MAP THEM OUT. SO WE KNOW WHAT THOSE THINGS ARE AND WHERE THOSE GAPS ARE NOW AND WE CAN DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES ALL THINGS WE SAY WE WISH WE HAD RIGHT NOW IT ALL THE THINGS WE SAY WE ARE HAPPY WE HAD AND ALL THE THINGS WE KNOW WE NEED TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE.SO WE ARE DOING THAT RIGHT NO.>>THAT’S COMING. SET.>>WE ARE SCOPING AND DESIGNING THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE DOING THAT OVER THE FALL AND WE ARE PUTTING OUT THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS I THINK THIS FALL, CORRECT?>>TOWARD THE END OF 2020.>>AT THAT POINT WE ARE DOING MORE OF THE COMPANY. THEY WOULD DESIGN THAT IN OUR ANTICIPATION IS TO GO LIVE WHEN?>>OVER APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS AND WE WILL BEGIN NOT AROUND JULY 2021. AND WHEN WE SELECT IMPLEMENTER, WE WOULD BE ADVISED AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO GO LIVE WITH THE SYSTEM. BECAUSE WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO LIVE OVERNIGHT WITH EVERYTHING PRETTY WILL GO LIVE WITH THE SEPARATE MODULES. IT’S GOING TO BE OVER TWO YEARS TO BUY MID-202.>>YOU MENTIONED YOU ARE IMPLEMENTING AN UPGRADE TO THE CURRENT HR SYSTEM. WHAT WILL THAT HELP WITH?>>THE CURRENT UPGRADE TO THAT SYSTEM IS TRANSPARENT TO MOST USERS TO REACH OUR SYSTEM IS SO OLD THAT IN ORDER TO UPGRADE ITS TO THE NEW SYSTEM, WE HAVE TO UPDATE IT TO A VERSION THAT IS WORKABLE TO BE STATED TO AN ASSISTED. I KNEW THAT SOUNDS PRETTY BAD, BUT THAT’S WHAT WE ARE. OUR GOAL IS TO GET IT DOES NOT PLACE AND THEN WE CAN SAY FROM THEIR, WE WILL GO TO THE NEW PLAC, NEW JOURNEY WE WANT TO GET TO.>>OKAY. AND IS IT WORTH QUANTIFYING IN DOLLARS HOW MUCH TIME YOU ARE SAVING, STAFF TIME BECAUSE THESE PROCESSES ARE EASIER? IS THAT SOMETHING YOU LOOK AT?>>GOING TO PASS THAT THROUGH THISTIME TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.>>I WOULD IMAGINE BY HAVING EASIER PROCESSES YOU ARE SAVING STAFF TIME? SO RIGHT NOW IF YOU WOULD ASK THE TEAM, THEY WOULD NOT TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT SAVING TIME . WITH THINK ABOUT THE 700+ MEETINGS. AND ULTIMATELY PROCESSES ARE GOING TO BE STREAMLINED FOR THE REPORTING PROCESSES, WE HAVEN’T REALLY SAT DOWN BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T SEEN THOSE IN THE PRODUCTS YET TO SEE HOW MUCH THEY WILL STREAMLINE RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE IN THE MIDST OF DOING THE WORK AND ALSO BUILDING THESE IN TESTING THE PROCESSES THAT IT’S TAKEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME. ULTIMATELY, WE WILL TALK ABOUT BEING ABLE TO STREAMLINE PROCESSES AND THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT IS ON BOTH THE INVESTMENT OF SUPPORTING THE COMPLEXITY AND ALL THE DIFFERENT STEPS IN BEING ABLE TO REPORT ON THINGS WE HAVEN’T HAD ACCESS IN TERMS OF DATA. THE RISK OF HAVING A SYSTEM AS OLD AS WE ARE RUNNING.>>JUST A REALLY SIMPLE ONE. TIMEKEEPING. SINCE THE DAY I WALKED INTO MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HAVE HEARD ABOUT OUR TIME KEEPING SYSTEMS DONE BY HAND PARIS AND WILL SAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PERSON HOURS TO HAVE AN AUTOMATED TIME KEEPING SYSTEM. IS JUST A SIMPLE STRAIGHTFORWARD ONCE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS FOLKS AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL THROUGH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OFHOURS . WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN ACCOUNTS PAYABLE. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT RIGHT NOW OR HR SYSTEM IS SO OLD MANY OF THE PIECES OF PAPER OUR EMPLOYEES COMPLETE OR COMPLETE IS ABOUT THEM ARE SCANNED. ONE AT A TIME INTO THE SYSTEM. ALL OF THAT WILL GO AWAY. WE WILL DEFINITELY BE ABLE TO QUANTIFY THIS. I WOULD SAY PROBABLY A YEAR, YEAR AND 1/2 WE WILL START TO SEE THOSE REAL SIGNIFICANT END USER SHIFTS AND HAVE A BETTER SENSE. BUT IF YOU JUST THINK ABOUT TIMEKEEPING AS AN AREA WHERE LITERALLY IT WILL SAVE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOURS OVER THE YEARS.>>Brenda Wolff: TWO WORDS. AMAZON EASY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON TH . I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION. IT KIND OF SAYS SALES ONLINE AS SILVESTRI ASKE. WHEN YOU HAVE APPLICANTS COME IN, CAN YOU DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT WILL ALSO SEND THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T GET THE JOB A LETTER AUTOMATICALL? BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND SEVERAL PEOPLE WHOHAVE APPLIED FOR JOBS NEVER HEARD ONE WAY OR THE OTHER . AND SO I THINK IF HE SAID WILL THAT FUNCTIONALITY SOME SORT OF WAY. I DON’T KNOW. IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL FOR.>>ABSOLUTELY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE PROCESS MAPPING FOR HIRING SOMEBODY OR NOT HIRING SOMEBODY, THERE ARE PIECES THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY BROKEN BECAUSE THIS WAS DESIGNED 20 YEARS AGO, BUT WHAT WE HAD BACK THE. BUT THERE ARE CUTESY TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS TO WHAT YOU ARE DESCRIBING AND WILL MAKE SURE WILL INCLUDE THAT.>>AND I WILL JUST ADD THAT WHEN WORKING ON PROCESS MAPPING FOR FINANCES AND BUDGET, THINK OF THE BEGINNING PARTS ANDEVEN THE ASSESSMENT THAT WE DID . THE BEGINNING PART IS TELL US YOUR PINPOINTS CURRENT AND INVARIABLY PAPER PROCESSES COMES UP AS NUMBER ONE PAIN CLINIC CROSSED ALL THE SYSTEM PERIODS ON THE PAPER PROCESSES. THE SECOND THING THAT WOULD GO INTO THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WE WILL PUT INTO THE RFP THAT GOES OUT TO THESE. WE HAD HOW MANY REQUIREMENTS THE FINANCIALS AND BUDGET SYSTEM? 3500. REQUIREMENT. IT CAN BE VERY COMPLEX THROUGH THE HUMAN CAPITAL SYSTEM IS GOING TO BE AT LEAST TWICE AS BIG OF A PROJECT.>>IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO IMPLEMENT. SIGNIFICANT PERIODS.>>I HAVE NO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.I DO DEFINITELY WANT TO APPRECIATE AND SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS. NOT GOING TO LIE, AS A TEENAGER THIS WAS HARD TO WRAP MY HEAD . BUT IT DOES SOUND LIKE THE RIGHT INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR WORK IS EFFICIENT.>>WE HAVE BUDGET SYSTEMS THAT ARE OLDER THAN YOU. [LAUGHTER] >>I DON’T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS EITHER. I HAVE COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN YOU. I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND SEE ARE WORKING AND YOU REACH A PAUSE HERE OR THERE TO CELEBRATE WHAT YOU WERE DOING. AND MAYBE GIVES EVERYONE OF YOU BUTTERFLIES PERIOD.>>THANK YOU. YOU GUYS HAVE JUST BEEN CHAMPIONS OF GOOD WORK.>>Shebra Evans: THANK YOU FOR ME AS WELL FOR THIS HAS BEEN GREAT AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A LONG TIME COMING.I’M GLAD WE ARE DOING THIS. CONSENT ITEMS FOR THE OTHER ANY ITEMS BOARD MEMBERS WONDERFUL? ALL IN FAVOR. UNANIMOUS. OKAY. ITEM 10 AND ITEMS OF INFORMATION. WE CAN REVIEW THAT AT OUR LEISURE. IF I CAN GET A MOTION TO MOVE ITEMS 11.1 AND 11..>>SECOND.>>Shebra Evans: ALL IN FAVOR? AND THAT IS UNANIMOUS. ARE THERE ANY NEW BUSINESS ITEMS BOARD MEMBERS WANT TO BRING UP? HE NONE WE WILL GO AHEAD AND ALSO MENTIONED ITEM 12 IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AS WELL FOR IT IF I CAN GET A MOTION TO SECOND TO ADJOURN. MOVE TO SECOND. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.AND THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.

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