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I have the utmost respect for our elected officials.  The ones who are genuine public servants who want to do good for the community.  Not the "politicians" whose speeches sound like lies and BS.  I hear their guarantees that I know are just empty promises to help get this person elected.  Below you'll see the list of issues I feel are important and are actually things I will work on if elected to the Board of Education. 

 LIST OF ISSUES

REAL WORLD EDUCATION

 

My first job out of college was as a carpenter, a skill I learned in college building theatrical scenery. While "tech jobs" are the future, we can't forget about the fact that we'll always need skilled plumbers, electricians, and carpenters.  Did you know the average age of a plumber is 58?  We have a great example of real world education here in Montgomery County – Thomas Edison High School of Technology, where students can learn about plumbing, carpentry, and automotive care. We need to teach kids in high school that there are many opportunities out there in the world, and expand programs like we have at Edison.   

SNOW DELAYS

 

We need to revise our policy on snow days. Too many times, Montgomery County has changed its mind on a snow day, from a 2 hour delay to closed. This affects not only the 160,000 students, but also tens of thousands of parents who have to change their plans. Working parents, single parents, and parents with multiple kids in MCPS all are inconvenienced by this. I want us to make a decision by 5:30am and stick with it. Of course the safety of students is the number one priority, and I understand erring on the side of caution, and that it could be snowing in Damascus and completely dry in Silver Spring, but we need to have a snow policy that parents and students can rely on.

KEEPING SCHOOLS LOCAL
Students should go to school primarily based on geography. Parents should know the path their child is going to take from elementary to middle to high school. Also, there is enough traffic every morning and afternoon in Montgomery County.  Getting to and from school should not be a burden on a parent or the child.  If a student does not go to the school closest to them, they will have to leave home earlier and get home later every night. They may be separated from a sibling who is also in MCPS. We live in one of the most diverse counties in the country, and we benefit greatly from that, but keep our schools local.
ENSURING BASIC SERVICES
No school should be without heat, working equipment, or be deteriorating from old age. All of our schools should be safe and modern. We need to be proactive for our growing population.
GENERATING REVENUE
So many of our schools sit empty on nights, weekends, and summers. They are a great place for meetings, activities, classes, etc. They are very affordable. My civic association meets quarterly in the elementary school in our neighborhood. We can expand our community use of facilities.
SUPPORTING ALL MCPS EMPLOYEES 
We need to keep Montgomery County as the premiere place you want to send your child to school. That means hiring the best teachers and service workers and keeping them here with competitive salaries and benefits.

 By Authority:  Friends of Steve Solomon