Frank and Sandy Trimble have lived in the Perry Hall area all their lives. In fact, they live in the same house that Frank was reared in.
The Trimbles went to Perry Hall High School. They assumed that their three children also would go to Perry Hall High. In fact, their eldest, a girl, is now a ninth-grader there.
But under a redistricting proposal by the Baltimore County school superintendent's staff, it's possible that she will be the the only one of the three Trimble kids to attend Perry Hall High.
At a meeting last week, James E. Kraft, manager of the school system's office of planning, unveiled proposed boundary changes to relieve overcrowding for schools in the Perry Hall area. The changes would affect Perry Hall middle and high schools as well as Pine Grove Middle, Chesapeake High, Parkville High and Kenwood High schools.
Two public hearings to discuss the proposed changes will be held at Perry Hall High on Dec. 17 and Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. A final decision is to be made by the board on Feb. 21.
If implemented, the proposed changes would affect the two younger Trimble children. They attend Perry Hall Middle, which now sends its graduates to Perry Hall High. Under the proposed changes, however, they would go on to Parkville High, while other Perry Hall Middle graduates would go to Chesapeake High or Kenwood, depending on where they live.
Even though the proposed changes are far from becoming reality, about 60 residents of the Perry Hall area attended the meeting last week. Almost all expressed reservations about the proposal, which also calls for students who would normally attend Perry Hall Middle to be phased into Pine Grove Middle.