Village Board Sends Letter Opposing the Interim Superintendent’s Recommendation to Reassign a Portion of the Village from Somerset to
Westbrook Elementary School
Final Board of Education Decision Expected November 18
During its regular meeting on November 8, the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers voted to send a letter to the MCPS Board of Education opposing the Interim Superintendent’s recommendation to reassign a portion of the Village from Somerset to Westbrook Elementary School. The letter can be viewed:here
The Board of Education (BOE) held its Public Hearing on the CIP on November 8
, which included the recommendation for the Somerset ES reassignment, and the BOE and MCPS staff further discussed the proposal during a work session on November 9
. The BOE did not make any additional recommendations during its November 9 work session. The BOE is scheduled to vote on the Interim Superintendent’s recommendation during the BOE’s meeting on November 18.
Residents are encouraged to continue submitting comments to the full Board of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by emailing each member at the individual email addresses listed below: Brenda_Wolff@mcpsmd.orgKarla_Silvestre@mcpsmd.org Judy_Docca@mcpsmd.org Shebra_L_Evans@mcpsmd.orgLynne_Harris@mcpsmd.orgRebecca_K_Smondrowski@mcpsmd.orgHana_OLooney@mcpsmd.org Background
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) had determined that Somerset Elementary School is over capacity and the school system is conducting a boundary study process in an effort to relieve the capacity pressure by reassigning students to Westbrook Elementary, located west of River Road and south of Little Falls Parkway. In November 2020, the Board of Education authorized expanding the study to include Bethesda Elementary School, which is also operating over capacity.
Nine options were originally presented, including two that would have reassigned households within Chevy Chase Village. On October 15, 2021, the Interim Superintendent issued her report and is recommending that the Board of Education approve Option 1
, which would reassign a portion of Chevy Chase Village to Westbrook Elementary
. This includes homes west of Cedar Parkway between Oliver Street (to the north) and Western Avenue (to the south)
. Only homes located west of Cedar Parkway along West Lenox, Grafton, and Hesketh Streets would remain assigned to Somerset Elementary School under Option 1.
If approved, the reassignment will not be fully implemented until the 2023–2024 school year. In the 2022–2023 school year, only prekindergarten through Grade 4 students would be reassigned. Full implementation would occur in the 2023–2024 school year with prekindergarten through Grade 5 students.
The Superintendent’s Recommendation can be viewed online at https://gis.mcpsmd.org/boundarystudypdfs/BSW_SupplementB.pdf
The Somerset Elementary School PTA is opposed to moving forward with any of the proposed options at this time, citing that the data is based on “flawed, pre-pandemic numbers”.
Anyone interested in this matter is encouraged to visit the boundary study page
for more information