Montgomery Council Committees to Discuss MCPS Report on
School Safety and Security
Also on Thu., Jan. 14: MCPS Enrollment, Demographic Trends; Forest Conservation Enforcement; Small Business Program
ROCKVILLE, Md., January 13, 2010—The Montgomery County Council’s Education and Public Safety committees will meet jointly on Thursday, Jan. 14, for a review of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) report on “School Safety and Security.” The report will include information on school suspensions, reported serious incidents, drills that prepare students for emergencies and the perceptions of students, staff and parents in regard to safety and security.
The Education Committee, which is chaired by Council Vice President Valerie Ervin and includes Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Mike Knapp, and the Public Safety Committee, which is chaired by Councilmember Andrews and includes Councilmembers Roger Berliner and Marc Elrich, will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.
At 10:30 a.m., the Education Committee will meet to hear an update on MCPS enrollment, capacity and demographic information. The report on projected six-year trends will show that enrollment in the current 140,000-student system is expected to increase by about 7,000 students by the 2015-16 school year.
At 2 p.m., the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T and E) Committee, which is chaired by Council President Nancy Floreen and includes Councilmembers Roger Berliner and George Leventhal, will discuss proposed Bill 34-09 that would amend the County’s forest conservation law to modify the number of required inspections and the pre-inspection notice period in regard to evaluating existing forested land before disturbing the land for development.
The T and E Committee also will hold a worksession on a report issued by the Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight on “Evaluation of the Local Small Business Reserve Program.” The reserve program, established in 2005, requires that all County government departments award at least 10 percent of eligible contract dollars to local small businesses. Among the findings in the report is that since January 2006, only 1,540 businesses registered for the program and at the end of Fiscal Year 2009, only 687 were actively registered. However, amended regulations could make an estimated 20,000 businesses eligible.