Students To Switch Schools In Board Redistricting

January 02, 1991|By Staff report

Some western Howard County elementary school students and eastern county middle school students will change schools next fall as the county school board redraws boundary lines for the opening of two new schools.

One parent group has already formed in the western area of the county to present a case against playing musical chairs with students who face the likelihood of additional transfers as new schools open in the next few years.

The redistricting process will begin with public meetings Tuesdayand Wednesday, Jan. 8 and 9. Maurice F. Kalin, associate superintendent for planning and support services, will discuss factors behind boundary line changes: population projections; schools that are expected to be over capacity and redistricting alternatives. Residents can ask questions and make comments at the meetings.

The first meeting,for the eastern area of the county and Columbia, will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Hammond High School. It will cover Hammond, Howard, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake high schools. However, no boundary line changes are recommended for high schools in the 1991-1992 proposed capitalbudget, the school construction program on which boundary line changes are based.

The meeting also will cover Ellicott Mills, Hammond,Patuxent Valley, Harper's Choice, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake middle schools; and Atholton, Bollman Bridge, Bryant Woods, Clemens Crossing, Dasher Green, Elkridge, Guilford, Hammond, Jeffers Hill, Longfellow, Laurel Woods, Phelps Luck, Running Brook, Stevens Forest, Swansfield, Talbott Springs, Thunder Hill, Waterloo and Worthington elementary schools.

A second meeting, for the western area of the county, will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Centennial High School. Itwill cover Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg and Mount Hebron high schools. Elementary schools will include Clarksville, Dunloggin, Glenwood and Patapsco middle schools; and Bushy Park, Centennial Lane, Clarksville, Lisbon, Northfield, St. John's Lane, Waverly and West Friendship elementary schools.

Parents can count on some boundary line changes to accommodate the openings of the new Mayfield Woods Middle School, on Red Barn Way north of Mayfield Road and Pointer's Run Elementary School, at Trotter and Guilford roads. Both schools are to open inSeptember 1991.

Other changes may be recommended to balance enrollments and reduce overcrowding.

In the Dayton area, parents got together under the name Advocates for Our Kids after hearing a rumor that their children, who now attend Bushy Park Elementary School, will be recommended for transfer to Clarksville Elementary in September.

"Redistricting is inevitable. Howard County is growing," said AOK member Bobbin Kreider. The group's intent is to try to avoid having a small group of students redistricted in 1991 and then redistricted again when a new western middle school opens in the fall of 1993 and a new elementary school the following year, she said.

Kalin did not return a telephone call seeking comment on the redistricting proposal.

Kalin is scheduled to present his recommendations for boundary line changes at 7:30 p.m. at the Jan. 24 school board meeting. The board plans a public work session on Kalin's proposal Feb. 26, followed by a hearing Feb. 28 and another work session March 7. On March 14, the board will set school boundary lines for 1991-1992.

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