August 4, 2017
I am writing to update you on our progress concerning the modernization of the math and science facilities on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring (TP/SS) Campus. Over the past few months, Montgomery College has engaged in a thoughtful dialogue with campus neighbors, residents of Takoma Park and Silver Spring, government officials, College students and alumni, faculty, staff, and others from the community about the College’s plans for the campus’ math and science buildings.
Most recently, the College invited comments via an online form and received numerous submissions from neighbors, students, faculty, and the community. I appreciate all of the thoughtful and insightful comments that reflect support for our students and the College’s higher education mission, as well as the importance of the quality of the historic and residential communities surrounding the TP/SS Campus.
Previously, the College co-hosted three Community Conversations with the City of Takoma Park on March 21, May 9, and June 6. Those forums afforded the chance for constructive dialogue about the plans for the math and science facilities. Additionally, many individuals have voiced their ideas and comments to me via letters, emails, and phone calls. Altogether, it’s an impressive measure of feedback that warrants careful review. Now, it’s time to decide on a math and science facility concept that will best balance the needs of the students, community, neighbors, and fiscal discipline. I had originally hoped to announce that decision today (August 4), but the careful study of all the comments and information for this important and complex decision requires that I take additional time. Please know that I will use the next few weeks to fully deliberate the paths before us, the benefits for our students, the impact on our neighbors, process, and timelines, along with the fiscal implications of each option.
I will be in touch with you soon. Thank you for your patience and support in this process.
DeRionne P. Pollard, PhD