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Photo | Cara O’Connor Fifth grader Arun Mariappan won the Rachel Carson Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 21. He is pictured here with fifth grade teacher Mrs. Christine Troilo.

Photo | Cara O’Connor
Fifth grader Arun Mariappan won the Rachel Carson Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 21. He is pictured here with fifth grade teacher Mrs. Christine Troilo.

RCES Celebrates Reading

Read Across America Week at Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES) highlighted Dr. Seuss’ birthday with hallways full of Dr. Seuss inspiration. Parents and staff created beautiful posters that featured Dr. Seuss quotes and students from different classrooms.

The RCES Spring 2019 Scholastic Dino-Mite Book Fair opens Friday, March 1 with a 6:30 p.m. screening of “Incredibles 2.”
The book fair continues through March 8.

Basketball Night Planned at LPMS

The PTSA is holding the 13th Annual Basketball Night on Friday, March 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. This is a school social and fundraising event. Everyone is welcome to cheer on their favorite Lakelands Park Middle School (LPMS) student teams. The event features a basketball team tournament and concessions. There is a minimum fee of $3 per audience member to attend the event.

Mulch Orders Due Soon

Area high school athletics booster clubs have launched their popular spring fundraiser mulch sales.

The Quince Orchard High School Booster Club is offering a reduced price on black mulch this year, and brown mulch prices have not risen in a few years. Mulch is provided by Potomac Garden Center, and you can get free delivery with a minimum order of 10 bags. Spreading services are available courtesy of the QO 4A state football champs for an additional charge. Order by March 4 at for March 16 pickup and delivery.

The Northwest High School Booster Club has brown and black mulch for sale with free delivery for orders of 15 bags or more. Mulch orders will be in on Saturday, April 6 for pickup and delivery. Spreading services are available courtesy of the Northwest High School football team for an additional change. Order by March 30 at

Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget Approved

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved a $2.66 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The Board amended the superintendent’s recommended budget to include additional staffing for physical education, and to focus on reading and writing interventions, counselors for elementary school, a counselor and an instructional specialist for ESOL, fiscal analyst for the Board, and after-school activity funds for focus schools and secondary schools.

The request includes a $65.56 million increase from FY 2019, which will allow the district to manage significant enrollment growth, maintain high levels of achievement, and eliminate opportunity gaps. A majority of the spending increase will be used to provide the same level of services to a growing number of students; fund ongoing salaries and benefits; and manage increasing operational costs. The request also includes $18.42 million for key bodies of work that will strengthen the district’s efforts to improve programs; increase access to strong academic and career opportunities; extend learning; provide language opportunities; focus on physical, social and psychological well-being; hire and retain an effective and diverse workforce; and strengthen operational excellence.

The Board’s budget request will be submitted to the Montgomery County Executive and the County Council. The County Executive is expected to release his FY 2020 Operating Budget recommendation by March 15. The Montgomery County  Council will hold public hearings on the county budget in April before passing a final budget in May. The Board will vote again in June for final adoption of the budget.