No surprises appeared in school boundary line changes for 1991-1992 recommended to the school board Thursday by Maurice F. Kalin, associate superintendent for planning and support services.
Kalin stuck to the redistricting proposals he had outlined in meetings with parents early this month, although he responded to the concerns of Clemens Crossing area residents by offering two alternative ways to bring an infusion of new students into Wilde Lake Middle School.
County residents had no opportunity to comment as Kalin presentedhis recommendations to the board Thursday night. They will get that opportunity at a public hearing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
Board members also remained silent. Board Chairman Deborah D. Kendig explained that board members also were seeing the document for the first time and had not had a chance to go over it and formulate questions. The board is scheduled for two public work sessions -- exchanges of questions and comments with school officials to hash out the boundary line decisions -- on Feb. 26 and March 7.
The boundary line changes, planned to accommodate the September opening of Pointer's Run Elementary School at Route 32 and Trotter Road and Mayfield Woods Middle School on Red Barn Way could affect nearly 1,300 students, Kalin estimated.
He told parents earlier that Wilde Lake Middle needs additional students because the school is in an older village of Columbia, which means a gradually declining middle school population. WildeLake is scheduled to lose approximately 270 of its 529 students to Mayfield Woods Middle next fall.
Kalin's suggested alternatives to increase the student population at Wilde Lake Middle:
* Send students from Clemens Crossing, Hawthorn, Owen Brown Estates and Sebring neighborhoods, who currently attend Harper's Choice and Clarksville middle schools, to Wilde Lake. Wilde Lake would receive 140 students from Clarksville Middle, 165 students from Harper's Choice.
Kalin acknowledged that some parents have criticized this alternative because it disrupts the feeder school plan (Clemens Crossing students wouldbe likely to return to Atholton High School rather than attending Wilde Lake High).
"In my view, that issue is not as strong" as advantages to the proposal, he said. He said the proposal is expected to keep Harper's Choice and Wilde Lake middle schools above the 400 students that the school board sets as the minimum population for a viablemiddle school through 1995.
* Send all of Bryant Woods ElementarySchool, plus Clemens Crossing Elementary School students from north of Owen Brown Road, who now go to Harper's Choice Middle, to Wilde Lake Middle.
The proposal would bring Wilde Lake approximately 240 students, 70 from Harmel Drive, Hill Top Road and Watch Chain Way south of Clary's Forest, 38 from Owen Brown Estates and Sebring and 130 from Hawthorn.
Kalin said he prefers the first alternative becauseit provides a higher student population for both Harper's Choice andWilde Lake middle schools.
Mayfield Woods Middle would draw another 190 students from Ellicott Mills Middle School, currently 35 students over capacity. Students who live south of the intersection of Montgomery and Waterloo roads and south of proposed Route 100 between Meadowridge Road and the county line are recommended to attend the new school.
In the western area of the county, the new Pointer's Run Elementary School will draw its students from Clarksville and Clemens Crossing elementary schools.
Kalin recommends transferring from Clarksville approximately 260 students from the areas: east of Route 108 between the Middle Patuxent River and Ten Oaks Road; along Route 108 between Ten Oaks Road and Highland Road; south of Highland Road between Mink Hollow and Route 108; along and east of Mink Hollow Road.
The associate superintendent recommended against offering Clarksville fifth-graders the option to finish elementary school at Clarksville, but said Clemens Crossing fifth-graders would stay at Clemens Crossing. Kalin was not available Friday to explain why pupils at the two schools would be affected differently.
The school board customarily extends the option, but sometimes transfers fifth- and eighth-graders when the redistricting results from the opening of a new school.
Pointer's Run would receive 45 students from kindergarten throughfourth grade at Clemens Crossing, with fifth-graders finishing at Clemens Crossing. Students affected are those living south of the Middle Patuxent River, including Johns Hopkins, Pindell School and Sanner roads.