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Waring Station Road Site Per Our Conversation Yesterday

Waring Station Road Site Per Our Conversation Yesterday

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This is the email response from Mr Song regarding my questions in the email about putting a hold on the WSHS feasibiity study
This is the email response from Mr Song regarding my questions in the email about putting a hold on the WSHS feasibiity study

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>From: "Song, James" <James_Song@mcpsmd.org>>Sent: Mar 24, 2011 9:32 PM>To: ali white <cafewhite@verizon.net>>Cc: "councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov" <councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov>, "daniela.moya@montgomerycountymd.gov" <daniela.moya@montgomerycountymd.gov>, julie kelsey <juliekelsey@earthlink.com>, "mjpapuchis@msn.com" <mjpapuchis@msn.com>, "dcameron@audubonnaturalist.org" <dcameron@audubonnaturalist.org>, "buyandsellexpert@gmail.com" <buyandsellexpert@gmail.com>, Miles A Greenbaum<milesandjudy@msn.com>, "mcp-ctrack@mncppc-mc.org" <mcp-ctrack@mncppc-mc.org>, Janis Sartucci <jzsartucci@gmail.com>, Ravi Parkhie <RParkhie@tmgainc.com>, "cdorn@gazette.net" <cdorn@gazette.net>, Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi@gmail.com>, "Coach Cisco White (eli)" <fwhite@govsci.com>>Subject: RE: Waring Station Road site per our conversation yesterday>>Dear Ms. White:>>My conversation with you yesterday was to share the Board of Education
s intent to postpone the feasibility study until a site selection process has been conducted for the new upcounty holding facility for elementary schools.>>The following are clarifications and responses to your questions:>>>1) You will be copied on a letter from the Montgomery County Board of Education to the State Board of Education in response to your appeal and the intentto postpone the feasibility study until a site selection process has been conducted.>>2) The site selection process will be in accordance with Board of Education Policy FAA, Long-Range Educational Facilities Planning, and Montgomery CountyPublic Schools Regulation, FAA-RA, Long-Range Educational Facilities Planning, and will include community members in the site selection advisory committee.>>3) There will be no formal request from the Montgomery County Board of Education to withdraw your appeal to the State Board of Education, as it is your option to do so.>>4) There will be no further statements regarding this issue, as it is ourintent to follow the processes included in the policies and regulations.>>5) As stated previously, the feasibility study will be postponed until thesite selection process has been conducted and the recommended site has been reviewed by the Superintendent of Schools and approved by the Board of Education.>>6) The Waring Station site will be one of the sites, along with other potential sites, that will be evaluated by the site selection advisory committee.>>>As stated previously, the site selection process will be conducted in accordance with Policy FAA and Regulation FAA-RA and facilitated by staff from the Department of Facilities Management. The previously scheduled meetings for the feasibility study will be cancelled and notification letters are currently being sentout to the community.>>During our conversation yesterday, I mentioned to you that you may submit individual names of those in your community who wish to be considered for the site selection advisory committee.>>Please let me know if you have further questions.
 
>>Sincerely,>James Song>________________________________ >From: ali white [cafewhite@verizon.net]>Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:33 AM>To: Song, James>Cc: councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov; daniela.moya@montgomerycountymd.gov; julie kelsey; mjpapuchis@msn.com; dcameron@audubonnaturalist.org; buyandsellexpert@gmail.com; Miles A Greenbaum; mcp-ctrack@mncppc-mc.org; Janis Sartucci;Ravi Parkhie; cdorn@gazette.net; Ed Vigezzi; Coach Cisco White (eli)>Subject: Fw: Waring Station Road site per our conversation yesterday>>>>March 24, 2011>>>Hello Mr. Song,>>Thank you for calling me yesterday morning. Before I can even consider withdrawing my appeal to the State Board of Education, and since I have not received the memo you mentioned you would send yesterday, I need you to document and/or clarify the following items for me in writing:>>1) You are to send me a copy of the memo from Superintendent Weast stating thatthe Feasibility Study for the Waring Station Holding School (WSHS) site has been put on hold.>>2) I will receive an explanation as to what the process will be moving forwardwith regard to our community and its involvement in the new site selection process.>>3) I will receive a formal request from BOE to withdraw my appeal from the State Board of Education with an explanation as to why this is necessary.>>4) I will receive a statement that whether or not I decide to withdraw my appeal, this has no affect on the BOE's accountability to the process and proper implementation of a true site selection as well as other proper community communication when creating a future Upcountry Holding School site.>>5) The feasibility study for WSHS is being put on hold immediately and will remain so until the site selection committee does an entire and complete site selection study, which will include multiple *viable* sites in the upcountry area.This feasibility study will not move forward unless it is determined by the siteselection committee - following standard procedures - that the WSHS will be thebest site for the placement of a holding school for the upcounty communities.>>6) It is possible that the WS site will not be the final site chosen for an upcounty holding school site.>>7) IF it is found that the property on Waring Station road will better serve the community by being surplussed and not built on,as it borders a conservation area and is directly connected to watershed and other environmental issues, the property can be exchanged with M-NCPPC so that it will be properly maintained andremain a safe haven for the entire community in the future.>>Other than number 7 above, I believe as per our conversation yesterday that number 1-6 support what you stated verbally is current status regarding the WSHS site. I would like clarification of who will be in charge of forming the site se
 
lection committee. What is now the purpose of the six meetings currently planned to start on March 30th between the BOE and our community? I would like to seethe meeting agenda for these upcoming meetings.>>Also, you mentioned I can send you a list of people from our community that want to be involved in the site selection committee. Please provide information sothat we can ensure that this occurs. I'm sure that you can understand that ourtrust in BOE's transparency has been shaken by this experience. We do not wantto miss any pertinent meetings or opportunities to be involved due to miscommunication or misunderstanding of the community development processes.>>While I understand that your proposal will not "save" the proposed WSHS site from development, I am hopeful that in the site selection process there will be another site selected that proves to be a better fit for the upcounty to build a holding school. We need a site that is large enough to provide a holding schoolof adequate size to serve ANY elementary school population in the upcounty thatmight need to use it. Let's not build a school that will be too small to serveour children and families, that will cause part of the community to be ruined, and will irreparably damage the land.>>Thank you for your time,>>Alicia White>>>>>>>-----Original Message----->From: ali white>Sent: Mar 23, 2011 11:02 AM>To: julie kelsey>Subject: COnversation this morning>>>Julie I would like to send the following to Mr. Song - your thoughts??>>>Hello Mr. Song>Thank you for calling me this morning. Please confirm the following in writing:>1) I am to receive a memo from Superintendent Weast stating the Feasibility Study for the Waring Station Holding School (WSHS) site is being put on hold.>2) A letter explaining what the process moving forward is going to be for ourcommunity and its involvement in the new site selection process.>3) A request from BOE to withdraw my appeal from the State Board of educationas well as why.>4) A statement that whether I decide to withdraw my appeal, or not, that has no affect on the BOE being more or less accountable for the process and proper implementation of a true site selection process as well as other proper communitycommunication when creating a future Upcountry Holding School site.>4) The feasibility study for WSHS is being put on hold immediately and until the site selection committee does an entire and complete site selection study, which will include multiple sites in the upcountry area, this feasibility study will not move forward unless it is determined by whatever voting that is applicable to the site selection committee that the WSHS will be the best site for the placement of a holding school for the upcounty communities.>5) It is possible that the WS site will not be the final site chosen for an upcounty holding school site.

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