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Thursday, January 8, 2009

4th-Graders Invited to Pen 'If I Were Mayor' Essays

In a statewide essay contest, the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors' Association are inviting fourth-graders to explain what they would do as a mayor.

Participants are asked to answer the following question in 275 words or less: "If you were Mayor, how would you encourage your citizens to get on board and 'GO Green?' "

One winning essay will be selected from each of the league's 11 regional districts. Montgomery and Howard counties make up one district; Montgomery municipalities include: Barnesville, Brookeville, Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase Section 3, Chevy Chase Section 5, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, Friendship Heights, Gaithersburg, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Kensington, Laytonsville, Martin's Additions, North Chevy Chase, Oakmont, Poolesville, Rockville, Somerset, Takoma Park and Washington Grove.

Each winner will receive a $250 savings bond and a plaque. Municipal League officials will select two entries at random from each district to receive runner-up prizes.

Gaithersburg officials will independently select one participant from the statewide contest to be a local winner. The local student will be named Gaithersburg Junior Mayor and participate in several special events throughout the year. The winner's essay will be published on Gaithersburg's Web site and in its quarterly newsletter. Gaithersburg students who enter the statewide contest will automatically be considered for the local honor.

Essays are due by March 6. For statewide contest rules and information, call 800-492-7121 or visit http://www.mdmunicipal.org. For Gaithersburg contest information, call 301-258-6395 or visit http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov and search for "Community Services."

Public Comments Sought On School Planning Policy

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking public comment on proposed changes in its "Policy AEB, Strategic Planning for Continuous Improvement."

The policy addresses the school system's budgeting and planning process to:

· use the Malcolm Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence.

· develop an ongoing multiyear plan that describes the goals of the school system and methods to reach those goals.


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