As a community, we achieved a significant milestone when the Montgomery County Government approved a project to rebuild Poolesville High School. The Fair Access Committee and many citizens have been working with the school system since the approval to ensure that the new school serves the needs of all of our students and is ready to provide a place to educate and prepare our students now and in the future.
Despite our progress, the current plan is deficient because it leaves out two crucial elements that are vital to ensuring the school meets the needs of all students - a new, competition sized gymnasium and a Wellness Center to administer to the mental health needs of students. The new plan simply does not treat our students or community fairly, a problem we have seen for many decades as we fought to even get our school on the list for modernization despite its extreme age and poor condition. Other high schools like Seneca Valley which are much newer have both a Wellness Center and a huge, new gymnasium that can be divided into THREE sections to allow for athletic practice and events of various kinds. In our view, the plan is not complete without these elements.
We do not see this as adding more money to our school's budget but rather as finishing the job of designing a new school more in line with those in other parts of the county. Our unique circumstances - particularly the distance of our school from support services and the almost complete lack of county or private services nearby - plus simple fairness as we have argued for many years justifies including these components to the plan.
The County Council is now considering the FY22 Capital Budget for the county. They need to hear from all of us again to help ensure they are aware that while we are pleased that our school is finally going to be rebuilt, we can't accept the shortcomings in the current plan. Please click on the link and send an email to our Council members to ensure that they continue to hear our voices and vote for fairness and equity for Western Montgomery County.