By Blair Ames, Baltimore Sun Media Group
7:00 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie and Board of Education President Barbara Shreeve will host a town hall meeting Oct. 16 at Francis Scott Key High School.
The town meeting will start at 7 p.m. following a community charrette on the school system's ongoing facilities study.
The purpose of the town meeting is to create an open dialogue with parents and the community. Members of the community are invited to attend and address their concerns or ask questions regarding education topics and issues, according to a CCPS news release.
The meeting is intended to be an open forum, but depending on the number of participants the time for each speaker may be limited. It is the first of four town meetings scheduled over the next eight months with the next coming Jan. 28 at Cranberry Station Elementary School.
MGT of America, Inc., is in the process of a countywide school facilities study and will host four community charrettes in October to elicit community input of the state of Carroll County schools.
Charrettes will allow residents to share their opinions via an electronic study and small group discussions.
The Board of Education commissioned the study in the spring to look at the most effective and efficient use of school buildings this spring after it was originally assigned to school system staff.
The purpose of the report is to help staff decided whether they should consolidate facilities in upcoming years.
The charrette Oct. 16 at Francis Scott Key will begin at 5 p.m.
The first charrette is scheduled for Oct. 15 at North Carroll High School at 7 p.m.
Others are scheduled for Oct. 22 at Century High School and Oct. 23 at Westminster High School. Both also begin at 7 p.m.