With Dr. Orban serving as the new superintendent, there have been several positive changes within the school district. Dr. Orban established the Superintendent's Lay Advisory Council; the group has been asked for their opinions about a variety of school district-related subjects/issues. Several committee members offerred suggestions about curriculum, future growth (large number of English Language Learners moving into the district), building and ground (selection of new plans for an elementary school on school district owned property in Yorkshire), diversity, and technology for the school district and in the classroom (American Cultures, 9th grade, computer used extensively in the classroom). Teachers are excellent! Demonstrated knowledge of their respective subject areas and extremely dedicated to teaching our students. The teachers are willing to work with the students in the mornings, before classes begin, during the teachers free time during the day, and after school until 4:00 p.m.
The academics at Suburban are outstanding, ranking among the best in the state and producing 8 National Merit Finalists in the class of 2006. The small school environment is welcoming and most children are happy here. There is a disturbing trend in the district, due to its proximity to Route 83. Maryland residents are purchasing homes in the district and commuting to work out of state. This is creating an ever larger pool of latchkey children, leaving children alone for far longer periods of time. Many of these parents are uninvolved out of necessity, but it's changing the chemistry of the school environment, and not for the better. There is a new principal as of fall 2006, so judgement is reserved on principal leadership.