School Advocacy

Please show your support at our upcoming forums!

A huge area of concern for families within our Walter Johnson school cluster is the increase in residential development in the area and its future impact on our schools.  This includes Rock Spring, Grosvenor Heights, Toll Brothers WMAL radio tower site, Pike and Rose, and White Flint, in addition to the redevelopment trend of older homes in our area.  Take for example Ashburton Elementary school which has grown from 650 students in 2007 to over 900 this year representing a 57% increase.  The schools are bursting at the seams, with portables being added to handle the volume, and school additions in the works for many of the schools including a possible addition at Walter Johnson with the potential to reach its capacity closer to 3200 in the year 2020.

The Walter Johnson Cluster Roundtable Discussion group is in the process of considering facility options to address near-term and long-term enrollment increase in the Walter Johnson cluster.  NBMS, along with other schools in our cluster, has representatives that are participating in this roundtable.  Information on this roundtable, including background materials and a schedule of meetings, is available here at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd/departments/planning/roundtable.aspx.  Please come and show your support for any of these upcoming meetings both at the above link.  All meetings are open to the public, and there will be time at the end of each meeting for questions from the public.


CLUSTER UPDATE 11/6/2018:

Dear All,

MCPS Superintendent, Dr. Smith, has released his Recommended Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Budget and Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), and they include options for the Reopening of Woodward High School for use in 2023 or 2025, as well as a capacity study for all of the elementary schools in the WJ Cluster along with the BCC Cluster to determine the need for a new elementary school to accommodate both clusters.


Please take a moment to mark your calendars to attend the Board of Education (BOE) Hearing on the MCPS Capital Budget & CIP where our WJ Cluster Coordinator, Nermine Demopoulos, will present testimony on our behalf. This is about the funding for our facilities, including the reopening of Woodward High School and a new 7th elementary school for our cluster. 


We love our great schools. But, our schools are getting crowded and we need to ensure that MCPS provides the funding to build enough space to fit all of our kids now and in the future. Let's make sure that the BOE knows that we need more space and that we want to make sure that they include the funding to build it in this capital budget.


What: MCPS Facilities & Boundaries Hearing

When: Monday, November 12th at 6:00 pm (When we find out the order/when we testify, we'll let everyone know.)

Where: BOE Carver Educational Services Center, Auditorium, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD

Who: YOU! and your kids.  If possible, Wear WJ green and stand to support Nermine as she testifies. We will be handing out green WJ Team signs. 

Thank you 

Dan Fisher, Cluster Rep.
North Bethesda Middle School

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