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Displacing The School for Tomorrow >>
No Community Involvement in this proposal
The needs of the residents and potential impact on the neighborhood -- not only on traffic but on safety -- were not taken into consideration with this proposal. Both the Aspen Hill Civic Association and the Aspen Hill Homeowners Group were only made aware of the proposed relocation of the Blair G. Ewing Center (formerly the Mark Twain School) a few days before the Board of Education was scheduled to hold its public hearings on the CIP. This did not give these organizations sufficient time to make the larger community fully aware of the issue. If more notice had been provided, there would have been far greater community involvement on the subject of the proposed relocation. The needs of the residents and potential impact on the neighborhood were not taken into consideration with this proposal.
Board Member Durso asked if the community could have been communicated to without the "surprise affect" or did it have to be done that way. Superintendent Starr stated that they don’t want to engage the community in a what-if scenario in case it doesn't receive board approval (60:33 mark of board vote). Why is this an acceptable practice?
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Montgomery County Board of Education: Planning Meeting Notes and Testimony - November 13th