Montgomery County Council to host town hall meeting for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 5

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Montgomery County Council to Host Town Hall Meeting for Students On Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Rockville High school, middle school and local college students can express views and ask questions of Councilmembers on issues such as starting the school year after Labor Day ROCKVILLE, Md., September 21, 2016—The Montgomery County Council, which for the past several years has held Town Hall Meetings throughout the County in its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, will learn what is on the minds of younger residents when it hosts its sixth annual Town Hall Meeting for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The meeting, in the Council’s Third Floor Hearing Room, will start at 7:30 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 7 p.m. in the building’s second-floor cafeteria. At the reception, students will have a chance to meet with Councilmembers and talk with them in an informal setting. The Council Office Building is located at 100 Maryland Ave. in downtown Rockville. It is about a three-block walk from the Rockville Metrorail station, which also is a main stopping point for many RideOn bus lines. For students traveling to the meeting by car, free parking will be available by entering the Council parking garage from the Fleet Street entrance. High school and middle school students from public and private schools from around the County and students from local colleges will be able to express their views on any aspect of the Montgomery County Public Schools system or on outside programs that impact students. They also can ask questions of the Councilmembers. Among the major issues impacting schools and students is capacity issues at certain schools. All schools and students statewide will be affected by Governor Larry Hogan’s recent executive order that would have all school systems starting their school years after Labor Day and getting in the full 180 days mandated by state law by June 15. Students who want more information about the meeting can call 240-777-7931 or 240-777-7926. The meeting will be broadcast live on County Cable Montgomery (CCM—cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon) and rebroadcast at various times in the weeks following the meeting. Susan Kenedy, a producer for the County station, will moderate the meeting. The Council is composed of President Nancy Floreen, Vice President Roger Berliner and Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Tom Hucker, Sidney Katz, George Leventhal, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice and Hans Riemer. Council President Floreen said that the youth town hall meetings have become learning experiences for both the Councilmembers and the students. “The County Council funds the school system and many other programs that have a direct impact on our County’s youth, and this meeting is an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from them,” said Council President Floreen. “For this fiscal year, the Council added $89 million to the school system budget above the minimum that was required as part of our commitment to have one of the nation’s top school systems. At this meeting, we want to hear the unique perspectives of our young residents.” Council Vice President Berliner said the opinions of students help put all school programs into a perspective that needs to be heard. “So many major decisions concerning education—and students—are made by adults talking with other adults,” said Council Vice President Berliner. “But the students often have so much to offer that adults do not necessarily see. We are looking forward to learning about how they see the issues we are discussing and to hearing from them about new things they would like to see us consider.” # # # Release ID: 16-282 Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 Sign Up for News Updates from eSubscription News Releases Council Photos Councilmembers on Issues Proclamation Videos Town Hall Meeting Videos Social Media Sites Commemorative Programs

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