The following are among items scheduled to be discussed at Monday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. The meeting will begin at 8:15 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center, 250 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. For more information, call 279-3617. 8:20 p.m.
Citizens address the board.8:35 p.m.
The board is scheduled to vote on plans for new stadium lights at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda and Magruder High School in Rockville. 8:45 p.m.
The board will approve personnel appointments. 8:50 p.m.
The board will continue discussing proposed measures aimed at improving academic performance of minority students and tracking individual student performance over a period of years.
The plan is intended to improve minority achievement by auditing individual schools and holding those schools accountable for student improvement.
The progress of minority students, who comprise 30 percent of the school population, has become an issue of increasing concern and led to some criticism of former Superintendent Wilmer S. Cody, who left the job on July 1. Some school board members and community activists have been critical of a minority improvement plan laid out by Cody in February, saying the plan had no clear system of accountability.
Board members are working to come up with a way to satisfactorily monitor the successes and failures of teachers and schools in dealing with the problems of minority students.
Cody's plan would have required individual schools to do a yearly self-study and draw up specific plans to improve minority achievement in such areas as standardized test scores, participation in gifted and talented programs andin nonathletic extracurricular activities.
The plan also would monitor the suspension rates of minority students at individual schools. 10:30 p.m.