In fall 2011, MCPS's Board of Education approved a plan to build a new elementary school in the Richard Montgomery HIgh School Cluster (a.k.a RMES#5) with an opening date of 2015. As you know, when this school opens, it will be filled immediately with students because of the high number of students in the rest of this Cluster. However, a few weeks ago, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recommended to the County Council a TWO-YEAR DELAY in opening RMES#5.
The reasons stated by Leggett's office do not add up. (See article in Rockville Patch.) For example, a two-year delay in construction will cost the county more because of the increase in construction costs. Additionally, there are many places the County can readily relocate the Children's Resource Center. The delay will not only effect the children already enrolled and those coming into our schools but it will have an effect our excellent teachers and staff who may decide that they do not want to work in such crowded school anymore.
Our elementary schools are extremely crowded! We can't wait TWO more years!!!
The County Council is having a public hearing on this budget issue on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 7 pm at the Council Office Building 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. Our RM Cluster Coordinator Cheryl Pierce will be speaking on our behalf to urge the County Council to support the Board of Education's approved plans NOT the County Executive's recommendation. We need YOU to support our cluster and demonstrate this by the following ways:
1. Be there physically next Thursday with 8.5 x 10 signs saying "RM" or "RMES#5 in '15" or "RM Cluster". Bring your students and future students. The exact time and agenda comes out on 2/9.
2. Write to the County Council to express your support of the Board of Education's recommendation to build and open RMES#5 in 2015. Please see the email address and example letter below. Please CC firstname.lastname@example.org to keep us in the loop.
Please let your neighborhood groups, parents' groups, preschools, teachers and everyone know! The number of people who show up and the number of polite emails to the County Council will get the Council to notice. Don't let our children's education (and your home value) decline because of silly excuses by the County Executive.
The list and contact information for all Councilmembers are here. However, the email below will get your message to all the members. Don't forget to CC us.