Mount View Middle wants to switch to site-based management


Mount View Middle School would become the seventh school in the county to have site-based management giving it greater autonomy, if the Board of Education approves the proposal at its meeting at 7:30 tonight.

Other items on the board's agenda include a report on the results of last school year's Maryland Functional Tests, and a public hearing where parents can ask for school construction and renovation projects for next fiscal year.

Site-based management lets a school set up a committee of teachers, administrators and parents to make decisions involving budgets, schedules, plans and curriculum.

Mount View Middle wants to integrate computer-based programs into science, math, social studies and English courses. In particular, the school wants to teach students how to use computers by making spreadsheets, doing desktop publishing, constructing graphs and using Internet, a computer information network, among other activities.

James McGowan, associate superintendent of instruction and school administration, said, "They have talked with us and fully understand what they're doing in their operations.

"They have brought forth a request for a waiver [to make a staffing change].

"That's possible, but there are some funding implications and we won't know about that until the end of September," he said.

Mount View administrators have sought the waiver to upgrade a clerical position to a professional position to help set up computer-based programs.

Among other initiatives the school proposes:

* Continuing training programs for faculty and staff, including minicourses during planning periods and after school.

* A drop-in program to let students use computer labs throughout the day.

* A school-based computer newsletter to highlight student and teacher accomplishments, offer tips for computer use and share information on new computer products.

* A school-based electronic bulletin board that students, staff and parents would be able to access from their home computers. The bulletin board would relay school-related information to parents and let teachers leave lesson plans for substitutes.

Howard High School and Centennial Lane, Waterloo, Talbott Springs, Pointers Run and Clemens Crossing elementary schools got approval in 1993 for site-based management.

The six schools proposed such projects as accelerated learning programs, daylong kindergarten and alternate scheduling.

Dr. McGowan said six other schools also are considering site-based management: Swansfield, Running Brook and Bryants Wood elementary schools, Wilde Lake and Harper's Choice middle schools and Wilde Lake High School.

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