The following were among items discussed at Monday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
POOLESVILLE SPECIAL PROGRAM -- The board approved a plan to start an environmental studies program next fall at Poolesville Junior/Senior High School as a means of attracting up to 200 new students to the school by 1995.
Poolesville, the only combination junior high and high school in the county, has an enrollment of 550 students in grades seven through 12.
School officials and parents hope to create a separate middle school by 1995, to include sixth graders from the area as well as seventh and eighth graders from the present school. The loss of the seventh and eighth graders would leave unused space in the school building, which the new environmental studies program could fill. School officials hope that up to 50 students will enter the program each year through 1995.
The environmental program will allow students who would normally attend other schools to come to Poolesville starting in the ninth grade. Those students would have a special curriculum throughout their high school years emphasizing study of the environment.
How the program would be taught, and its cost, has not been determined, but options include studying a variety of county and regional environmental problems. The curriculum would be integrated in science, social studies and perhaps English classes.
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT -- As of Sept. 30, there were 103,772 students enrolled in the county schools, an increase of 3,513 students, or 3.5 percent, from last year.
The figure represents 1,154 more students than school officials last spring predicted would enroll.