Dr. Starr Recommends Rock Creek Hills for New Middle School
On Friday, March 30th, Superintendent Starr recommended Rock Creek Hills Local Park as the best site for a new middle school to alleviate overcrowding for middle school children in the BCC cluster. Rock Creek Hills is the site of the former Kensington Junior High School. Importantly, the deed for the land includes a reclamation provision that allows Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to have the property transferred back to MCPS for use as a public school. Dr. Starr’s announcement concurs with the overwhelming recommendation of the Site Selection Advisory Committee – a body of 47 people representing neighborhood associations, the PTA community, and Montgomery County government officials. In arriving at its conclusion, the committee reviewed 38 potential sites. Fritz Hirst and Gilda Zimmett represented RCA on the committee.
Two important meetings are coming up, and it is important that all voices be heard. The Planning Board will discuss Dr. Starr’s recommendation on April 9th, and the Board of Education will vote on the site on April 17th. You can attend and testify at these meetings. You can also express your views via email. Details are below.
Planning Board – Monday April 9th 5:00 PM
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
To testify, call 301-495-4600
Or sign up online at http://www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp
Send your views via email: MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org
Board of Education – Tuesday April 17th 9:00 AM
850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville
Public Comments 10:15 AM
Site Selection 11:00 AM
To testify, call 301-279-3617 at 10:00 AM on Monday April 16th. (Sign-up for this item ends at 10:30, so call at 10:00 a.m. for the best chance to get a slot to testify.)
Send your views via email: BOE@MCPSMD.org
Dr. Starr’s full report is found here: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/facilities/REM/pdf/Superintendent%20Recommendation%20for%20Bethesda-Chevy%20Chase%20Middle%20School%202%20Site.pdf
In addition to discussing how Rock Creek Hills best fits the middle school criteria, Dr. Starr comments on the importance of MCPS authority to reclaim the site. “MCPS is fortunate that as part of the closure of Kensington Junior High School at the Rock Creek Hills Local Park location, the parties that drafted the deed transferring the property from the Board of Education to Montgomery County had the foresight to include the reclamation provision. At this time, the need for a new middle school site in the cluster is certainly a valid reason to invoke that provision.”