Plan to Attend the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 17
The 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival will be held on Saturday, May 17, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall. The festival features a great lineup of authors and activities for children of all ages. Several members of the MCPS community will be conducting readings at the festival, and there will be many programs, workshops, and activities in the Children’s Village designed to promote interest in reading and writing. For more information about the festival, visit the website.
Public Input Sought on Policy Guiding Facility Improvements Funded by Contributions
MCPS is seeking public input on the policy that guides facility improvements that are paid for through contributions.
Input is sought on Policy CNE: Facility Improvements That Are Not Funded with Montgomery County Revenues. The Board of Education’s Policy Management Committee is scheduled to review the policy during the 2014–2015 school year and public input will be an important part of the process in determining what changes will be considered.
The MCPS Division of Long-range Planning will hold three community meetings to gather public input. The dates and locations of the meetings are:
- Monday, May 5, at Seneca Valley High School, 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown
- Wednesday, May 7, at Springbrook High School, 201 Valley Brook Drive in Silver Spring
- Thursday, May 8, at Winston Churchill High School, 11300 Gainsborough Road in Potomac
All meetings will be held in the school media center from 7 to 9 p.m.
If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, you may email comments to Bruce Crispell, Director, Division of Long-range Planning.
Board of Education Seeks Applicant to Fill Position on Ethics Panel
The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking to fill one vacancy on its five-member Ethics Panel. The vacancy is for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2014. Applicants must be Montgomery County residents. Members serve without compensation.
Among the Panel’s responsibilities are: (1) interpreting the Board of Education’s Ethics Policy and issuing advisory opinions concerning its application; (2) conducting hearings on complaints filed regarding an alleged violation; and (3) approving financial disclosure forms.
Panel members may not be incumbent members of the Board of Education, school officials, employees, or persons employed by a business entity subject to the authority of the Board of Education, or spouses of such persons. The Panel meets once a year to review financial disclosure forms and as needed to review complaints and requests for advisory opinions.
Applicants must submit a letter of interest along with a resumé or other documentation to support the application by close of business on Friday, May 30, 2014, for the appointment to be made at the Board meeting on June 17, 2014. (Applicants are not required to attend this meeting.) Send a letter of interest and resumé to Suzann King, Montgomery County Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123, Rockville, Maryland 20850. For more information, call 301-279-3617.
Submit Paperwork by May 14 to be Honored at Retirement Ceremony
Retiring employees must submit completed retirement paperwork to the Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) no later than May 14, to receive an invitation to the 2014 retirement reception.
Retirees will be honored for their service during the annual event from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.
Retirement forms and additional information about the retirement process are available on the ERSC Retirement Planning web page. Employees who submit retirement paperwork after May 14 will be honored at next year’s reception.
New retirees are invited to bring one guest to the event. It you plan to attend, notify Janice R. Davis at 301-279-3659 by May 27.
New Process for Accessing Professional Library Databases and eJournals
Are you looking for online resources? Do you want to access articles in ejournals from anywhere? The MCPS Professional Library offers the combined resources of MCPS, the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and the University of Maryland.
To access the new MCPS Professional Library databases and e-journals, visit USG’s Priddy Library website and click on the MCPS tab. Once there, click on Search and you will be taken to a page where you can select the journal you are interested in. When you have located your journal, click on “Access This Site,” then log in to the databases and e-journals with your MCPS username and password. These e-resources will aid you in your professional development and with certification courses. Also, check out the website for more information.
Questions? Contact the Education Librarian at 301-738-6017.
EAP Offering May 6 Workshop on Finances for Women
Bring a brown bag lunch and join the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for a workshop on Finances for Women from noon–1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 in the Robinson Room at 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. Topics of discussion will include: preparing for retirement, managing debt, investing choices and savings basics.
An RSVP is required. Register by contacting the EAP at 240-314-1040 or by sending an email here.