MoCo Board of Ed. President Karla Silvestre Issues Statement Following Re-Election

Karla Silvestre, President of the Montgomery County Board of Education, has released a statement following her re-election as Board President. Lynne Harris was elected Vice President. Silvestre’s full statement can be seen below:

“I want to thank cach one of you, my fellow Board colleagues, for the trust you have placed in me to serve as President of this Board. Thave learned a lot from each of you in my five years on the Board, and know that each of you contributes greatly to our collective work. I look forward to working collaboratively with each and every one of you to be an sffostive and productive Board so that we may do our important job of providing Lsadsrship and Oversight of Montgomery County Public Schools for the benefit of our students. Thank you also to our Board staff for their behind the scenes help in getting everything done.

We are all here because we share a common goal. We want every single one of our students to be well and have a high-quality education. We want them to be well-prepared as they continue to college, additional training. or the workplace.

As we begin the new Board session, I will remind us of the Board priorities which we set not that long ago to guide the work of the superintendent and the system.

  1. Our first priority: Improve math and literacy for all students. It is simple, but it is at the core of why we are here. We must see progress for all students, but especially those living in poverty. We must also focus on mathematics. We must prioritize program evaluation to determine what is effective and implement the proven best practices across the ENTIRE system in a consistent and cohesive manner.
  2. Our second priority: Build an inclusive and safe school climate. It is so important and it is vital so students can leam, so teachers can teach, and so students stay engaged in school. We have made important investments in this area. It is time to evaluate what is working. Is it reaching the students and schools that need it the most? What will we strengthen for the future?
  3. Our third priority: Improve two-way communication between schools and families. Why is this important? So that families can be active partners in their children’s education. We must understand our diverse families’ preferred modes of communication and preferred languages, build system capacity to meet their needs, and regularly review our efforts to see if they are working.
  4. Finally, our fourth priority: Improve the recruitment, retention, and distribution of a diverse workforce at all levels. All of the words in that statement are equally important and need attention: recruit, retain, distribute (equitably), and diversity. We must have diversity at all levels of the system, especially in leadership where we lack representation that reflects our community.

We have important work to do, and it is a critical and exciting time to be in MCPS. I look forward to ensuring that together as a Board, we are laser-focused on student achievement and wellbeing as well as restoring trust with our staff and families. I also look forward to continuing to engage and support Dr. McKnight and her team. Let’s keep our overarching goal of fully preparing our students for college, career, and community at the forefront, and let that be the guiding light that drives our work together. Thank you again and thank you to all our staff and community for everything you do for our students each and every day!”

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