Principals appointed for three MCPS schools

The Montgomery County Board of Education this week appointed principals to fill administrative vacancies at three schools.

The principals appointed were:

• Christine Handy, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington
• Aaron Shin, Parkland Middle School, Rockville
• Jessica Palladino, Rolling Terrace Elementary School, Silver Spring

Vietnamese scholars recognized

Two Vietnamese students were recognized at a school board meeting this week for “excellent academic performance, outstanding leadership skills and stellar community involvement.”


For the past 31 years, the Association of Vietnamese Americans has recognized outstanding Vietnamese American students attending Montgomery County Public Schools “with the goal of assisting Vietnamese American students to achieve their higher education goals and have a strong determination to receive a higher education,” according to the Board of Education’s resolution.

Students recognized were Eric Hoang, of Gaithersburg High School, and An Nguyen, of. Col. Zadok Magruder High School near Derwood.

Guidelines for FARMS eligibility changed


The state Department of Education announced Thursday the guidelines for eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals will change beginning July 1.

The guidelines are intended to benefit children most in need and are revised annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index. The income eligibility guidelines are established by multiplying the 2019 federal income poverty guidelines by 130 percent to determine the household income levels for free meal eligibility and by 185 percent for the reduced-price meal eligibility income levels.

Household size and income is the most common way to determine eligibility. Meal benefit applications will be sent home from school at the beginning of the school year.