Many of our schools are overcrowded, and classes are too large.
MCPS has found that by 2031, eight Montgomery County high schools – BCC, Blair, Walter Johnson, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, Whitman, and Wheaton – will be over capacity by an estimated 3,455 students. The overcrowding at Walter Johnson in Bethesda, with a projected shortage of 965 seats, would be severe.
Our most important priority in the capital budget is school facilities. The Council must work closely with the Board of Education and Superintendent Jack Smith to ensure that communities have the necessary school capacity as development goes forward, with decisions made before construction. We need to build new schools, reopen closed schools, and consider innovative approaches such as using existing, vacant building stock.