School Board Presented With Attendance Boundary Plan

Carved Stone Parents Want Students Sent To Atholton Elementary

January 26, 1992|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff writer

Parents from the Carved Stone area of Columbia's Owen Brown village waited in vain Thursday for their neighborhood to be included in school boundary line changes for the fall.

Associate Superintendent Maurice F. Kalin stuck close to the lines he had outlined to parents atregional meetings two weeks ago in the redistricting plan he gave the school board Thursday night. He listed a suggestion from Cardinal Forest subdivision parents to keep their children at Hammond Elementary School as an alternative, but recommended against it.

School boundaries will be redrawn to create attendance areas for the new Forest Ridge Elementary School in southeastern Howard and Burleigh Manor Middle School on Centennial Lane. No change is proposed in the Elkridge Elementary School attendance area for the new buildingthat will replace the existing school next fall.

Residents of Carved Stone and nearby streets in Owen Brown are not involved in the redistricting for new schools, but would like to see their children transferred from Talbott Springs Elementary to Atholton Elementary next fall.

"Atholton is the school next door and it's got space," said Chris Thorne, a father of preschoolers who is lobbying for the change.

Thorne said parents pointed out at the regional meeting that their children face a 30-minute bus ride across Dasher Green and StevensForest Elementary School attendance areas to reach Talbott Springs, "but it didn't seem to get much attention."

Parents later surveyedthe approximately 230 households on Carved Stone and the streets that lead to it. Thorne said that 95 percent of the residents reached supported the transfer to Atholton Elementary.

Kalin said the CarvedStone parents' request came in too late last week to be included in his recommendations, which had already gone to the printer.

The parents submitted their request to the board, which is scheduled to consider boundary lines at a public hearing March 12 and public work sessions March 5 and 24. A final decision is scheduled at the March 26 board meeting.

The Cardinal Forest parents suggested transferring students living north of Gorman Road from Hammond Elementary to ForestRidge rather than students from Cardinal Forest.

Students north of Gorman Road are closer to the new school than those in the CardinalForest subdivision, which is south of Scaggsville Road.

Kalin's explanation for recommending against the parents' alternative is that it would transfer about 75 students, leaving Hammond still over capacity. His proposal would move 146 students and leave Hammond slightly under capacity at the start of the next school year.

Kalin's redistricting recommendations are:

* Forest Ridge attendance area wouldinclude 146 students from Hammond who live east of an imaginary linebetween the Prince George's County line and the Middle Patuxent River, east of the intersections of Harding and Old Bond Mill roads, Leishaar and Scaggsville roads and Gorman and Murray Hill roads; 237 fromLaurel Woods who live on Whiskey Bottom Road or streets that enter Whiskey Bottom Road between Route 216 and Stephens Road and north of Whiskey Bottom Road from Stephens Road to U.S. 1.

* Atholton area would include 55 students from Bollman Bridge who live on Clock Tower Lane or roads leading to Clock Tower and Columbia Commons; 50 students from Jeffers Hill who live on Early April or Rain Flower Way or streets leading to them.

* Burleigh Manor area would include 477 students from Dunloggin who live west of the Little Patuxent River, including Old Annapolis Road between the Little Patuxent River and Route 108.

* Dunloggin area would include 80 students from Patapsco who live south of a line connecting U.S. 40 and Rogers Avenue to the Baltimore County line.

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