Montgomery Blair High School
PTSA Meeting March 18, 2003
Co-President Marilyn Shoenfeld called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. in the SAC.
Down County Consortium
Sally Taber gave an update on the status which included a series of maps depicting the options available. Copies of her presentation were available as a handout. None of the options are ideal because there are too many goals and challenges to balance. The next community forum to review and comment on the strategic plan is scheduled in April. Each PTSA will have the opportunity to submit a position statement. For more information, please visit the MCPS website.
Mr. Gainous presented an overview of the County’s Safety Plan. He stated that the experts have inspected the school and have developed guidelines to be followed in case of an emergency such as a biological or chemical attack. Letters will be sent home regarding these procedures. He stressed that in the event of a “Code Blue (Shelter in Place), parents should refrain from coming to the school to pick up their children because the school will be locked and as a safety precaution, no one, except students and staff, will not be allowed in the building. Instead, he stated that parents should stay tuned to radio broadcasts for information. Blair is prepared to house students for up to five days in the event of an emergency. A question and answer session followed.
Mr. Gainous stated that there is a planned “walk-out” at 1:00 p.m. on the day the war begins. The Board of Education does allow for peaceful demonstration and he has given approval for the walkout. Teachers and administrators will be allowed to accompany the students to ensure their safety.
University of Maryland Interns
Interns are assigned to Blair to aid the Guidance Counselors throughout the year. The interns are interested in creating a “resource guide” and wanted input from parents. The resource guide would include contact information for tutors, community services, etc. The interns were invited to attend the Guidance Advisory Committee meetings to gain better knowledge of the committee’s goals. The interns also asked what topics parents would like counselors to address with the students. Parents suggested the following: bullying, sexual harassment, driving, drugs, stress, and transition from high school to college/work environment.
· The SGA is sponsoring a Blood Drive on March 28. Students who are at least 17 can donate blood with parent’s permission.
· Staff Appreciation luncheon is on April 1 at 1:30. Volunteers and food are needed.
· Senior Parent meeting is on April 1 @ 7:30 p.m. in the SAC. Information regarding graduation and prom will be provided.
· Silent Auction is on April 25. Parent donations are needed. Contact Elsie McGuire for more information.
· Maryland Day is April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Maryland.
· After Prom Celebration is on May 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 a.m. and many volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. Please contact Diane Foley for more information.
· There is a $31 million budget gap. Parents need to speak out so that funding reductions do not occur at the educational level.
The next regularly scheduled PTSA meeting falls during Spring Break. Rescheduled date to be announced..
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.