New-School Proposal

Montgomery County school officials have begun to think about building a high school in the central part of the district to accommodate its growing student population.

The idea first surfaced at a Board of Education meeting late last month as an answer to crowded high schools, said Joseph Lavorgna, the director of the county schools' Department of Planning and Capital Programming.

At least six Montgomery high schools have more than 2,000 students, he said, which raises class sizes and exhausts teachers and buildings.

"There is just no wiggle room anymore," he said. "We've added on to schools, pushed them up to that 2,000-student limit. Now we need to find some relief."

County residents are invited to attend public hearings at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, to discuss and give their opinions about the proposed high school, which does not have a location yet.

The school project would fit into the county's long-range capital improvement plan, though the planning process for the school is in its earliest stages.

"The idea is: Here it is," Lavorgna said. "Now let's talk about it. Let's get the community involved in it and see what the response is."

Candidate Forums Set

Several forums will feature candidates for the Montgomery County Board of Education. Six candidates are vying for three seats.

The first forum is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday at Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. It is sponsored by the Sligo-Branview Community Association.

Other forums will be:

Next Thursday: 7:30 p.m., Grand Courtroom (2nd floor) of the Red Brick Courthouse, 29 Courthouse Sq., Rockville. Sponsored by the Education Committee of the Montgomery County Civic Federation.

Oct. 20: 7:30 p.m., Pyle Middle School, 6311 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. Sponsored by the PTAs at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walt Whitman, Wheaton and Walter Johnson high schools.

Oct. 26: 7:30 p.m., Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. Sponsored by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs.