No Extra Days for Some

To make up for snow days, Montgomery County students will go to school June 19 and 20, two days later than previously scheduled. Chances are, they won't want to be there. But there's a set of people who would welcome the chance to trade places with them.

Larry A. Bowers, the school system's chief operating officer, announced in a memo last week that many support services workers, mostly on 10-month contracts, should not report to work those days. That has caused some annoyance among many who wanted the paycheck and are insulted to learn their services aren't considered essential.

Because of "the very difficult decisions that we have to make as a school system as we work through managing resources in tight fiscal times," the memo said, a list of employees is being sent home, including teaching and instructional assistants, security assistants, physical therapy and speech aides and some cafeteria workers.

Included in the list are employees who monitor students removed from class for misbehaving -- a common occurrence in the giddy last days of school.

Scholarship Fundraiser

The Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation is setting up a scholarship fund for the children of local victims of the sniper attacks. A reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Indian Springs Country Club -- with seats going for $175 to $500 per person -- will kick off the fundraiser, as well as honor County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Police Chief Charles A. Moose. CNN's Judy Woodruff is the moderator. For more information, call 301-279-3432.

Forum on Strategic Plan

The first of several community forums on a draft version of the school system's multiyear strategic plan will be at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. The plan builds on previous planning efforts and lays out what will be necessary for county schools to adhere to new state regulations and meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. To view a draft version of the plan and submit comments, visit the Web site www.mcps.k12.md.us/about/strategicplan/index.cfm.

-- Linda Perlstein

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