WAMU 88.5 : News

New School Site Selection Angering Many In Montgomery County

Play associated audio

The beginning of the problem dates back about 30 years, to a time when the number of students was declining, says James Sung of Montgomery County Public Schools.

"Back in the early and mid-'80s, we closed approximately 50 schools because of the downtrend in student enrollment," he says. "We pretty much surplussed all those properties to the county, which many of them became parks."

Some of those parks are now slated to have schools built right back on top of them. Rock Creek Hills Park in Kensington is one of them, but the decision to build a new middle school there has infuriated many neighbors.

Some, including Shannon Hamm, believe the park is too small to build a school that will give students the same education provided at the middle school that currently serves the area: Westland Middle School.

"If a school was opened at that site in 2015, it would be inadequate from day one," Hamm says.

Council members have expressed their disappointment that parks are being removed, and that school officials didn't include more public input in their decisions.

NPR

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Nightmare' Director Wes Craven

Craven, who died Sunday, revitalized and the horror genre with his Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movie franchises. Includes excerpts from interviews originally broadcast in 1980, 1987 and 1998.
NPR

Why Are We Drawn To Heirloom Fruits And Veggies? They're 'Edible Memory'

Heirloom foods have grown in popularity, making their way into gardens, farms, farmers markets and restaurants. A sociologist says they offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to the past.
WAMU 88.5

Where Should Rockville's Confederate Soldier Go? The County Wants Your Vote.

You can vote by email in favor of one of five locations for the statue, which is currently outside the Red Brick Courthouse.

NPR

Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

The black, shoebox-sized drone flew over the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium during a second-round match and then crashed into empty seats and broke apart.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.