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Date: May 17, 2007
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Statement by DR. BRIAN K. JOHNSON, PRESIDENT, MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, On the County Council's Approval of Fiscal Year 2008 Budget

We are extremely appreciative of the County Council’s strong support of Montgomery College, as demonstrated once again today by their decision to restore more than $5 million to our operating budget for fiscal year 2008 and by their full backing of the much-needed projects in our capital budget. On the capital budget, they even covered funding for a renovation of one of our buildings at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus that did not receive its anticipated state funding this year. That project will enable us to add more classrooms and labs at what is now our fastest growing campus.

As the new president of Montgomery College, I continue to be so impressed with the way our County officials place such an absolute priority on investing in education. Montgomery College is a growing and thriving community college, with a national reputation for academic excellence, and certainly one of the many reasons for that is that we are supported by elected officials who understand the important work we are doing to provide our students with a world-class education.

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