Parkwood Resident's Association
4324 Dresden Street
Kensington, Maryland 20895

March 22, 2002

The Honorable Steve Silverman
President, Montgomery County Council
100 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850

Dear Councilmember Silverman:

On behalf of the Kensington Parkwood Resident's Association, I am writing in support of County Councilman Blair Ewing's proposal to re-prioritize the County's capital budget to put schools first. In addition to the benefits the schools provide to the students enrolled in them, our much-vaunted "world class" school system is Montgomery County's strongest economic development tool. It would be incredibly short-sighted of County officials to neglect the schools in favor of other, less universally beneficial projects.

Kensington Parkwood Elementary School has had its modernization continually pushed back, yet other non-essential projects are continuing on schedule. Today there are children receiving reading instruction in former supply closets, on all-purpose room stages, and in staff offices. As voters and taxpayers, we are requesting that council vote to fully restore the school CIP budget so that much needed and planned modernizations and additions can be built.

Mr. Ewing's proposal is an important step toward addressing the abysmal state of the school construction schedule. The Parkwood Resident's Association, comprised of 913 homes in the Kensington area, fully supports Councilmember Ewing's initiative to move schools back into the forefront of the capital budget, where they belong. We urge other councilmembers, particularly Mr. Berlage who has been elected to serve residents in the Parkwood community, to support this position as well.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Brennan
President
Parkwood Resident's Association