Schools are a major part of what makes our communities great. Countless families have shared that they moved to Rockville because we have some of the best schools in the county. However, the City Council currently doesn’t have a mechanism to regularly engage with our communities. As a member of the City Council, I will help to ensure that we engage the thousands of students and families that make up our community and that we advocate on their behalf. I will also work to ensure that there is coordination between the city, county, and Board of Education to better plan for growth and school capacity, to advocate for the needs of our communities, and to meet with our local school leaders.
As a Cluster Coordinator, MCCPTA Board member, former PTA President, VP of Programs, and delegate, I have helped to support the development of a brand new school, Bayard Rustin Elementary School, serving as a leader on the boundary study, school naming, principal selection, and PTA development. I have worked to relieve overcapacity across other elementary schools in Rockville as well.
Schools are a competitive advantage for Rockville and we need to be sure we protect that value as we grow and evolve as a city.
Rockville Town Center
The Rockville Town Center is an essential part of the vitality of our city. It is a nexus for our neighborhoods, businesses, and families. I believe that we can do more to help support small businesses in the center. The revolving door of retail and restaurants in an out of the center have made it hard for customers to establish buying patterns that would support the long-term patronage necessary to stabilize the center. Instead, customers flock to other retail and restaurant centers with more established tenants. I will work directly with our business counterparts and also with surrounding community organizations to figure out ways to improve the strategy for the town center. I will also find more ways the community can better support the businesses there or yet to come. I have already arranged a number of well-attended community outings at the center, in support of community organizations, and intend to scale those efforts to accomplish even more in the future.