Board to mull shift of Mt. Airy school lines COUNTYWIDE

November 10, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

As many as 179 children now attending the crowded Mount Airy Elementary School would switch to an expanded Winfield Elementary School next fall, according to plans to be laid out tomorrow for the county Board of Education.

The board meets at 9 a.m. at Francis Scott Key High School, 3825 Bark Hill Road, Union Bridge. No vote will be taken on the redistricting until January, said Kathleen Sanner, a facilities planner for the schools.

Tomorrow will be the first presentation of three options to the board. The options vary in the number of children to be moved, Ms. Sanner said.

The same options will be presented to parents at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mount Airy Elementary and Nov. 18 at South Carroll High School.

After the parents have a chance to comment to school officials, the staff will present one option to the school board at the Dec. 9 board meeting, Ms. Sanner said.

The board will vote in a special evening meeting Jan. 5.

Mount Airy Elementary, built for 700 students, has 843 because of growth in the area.

The three options, all of which involve the area around Route 27, are:

* Moving children from all the communities between Braddock Road and Gillis Road to Winfield. Now, the district line runs down the middle of the area, Ms. Sanner said. "When that line was drawn, the developments weren't there."

The plan also would move children on Roop Road as far as Michael Drive, for a total of 139 children.

* Option B builds on the previous one to include the Carroll Woods and Timber Ridge developments, for a total of 172 students.

* Option C builds on the first two, with Bartholow Road north of Old West Falls Road, for a total of 179 students.

Renovation and expansion continue at Winfield Elementary and are expected to be complete by September 1993. The school will have eight new classrooms, increasing its capacity to 600 regular education students and 80 in special education.

Also on the agenda of tomorrow's Board of Education meeting:

* Staff and student recognitions.

*Proclamations for National Education Support Personnel Day, American Education Week and National Community Education Day.

* Citizen participation.

* Personnel matters.

* Presentations -- student representative report, school improvement program update.

* Action items:

* Consent agenda -- awarding of bids, budget adjustments and transfers, transfer of school bus contracts.

* Approvals -- of revision to evaluation timetable for tenured teachers, revision to board policy, of curriculum guides, of high school program of studies, of change to the Curriculum Council and of amendment to fiscal year 1993 capital improvement program budget.

* Reports -- position control, school construction, budget transfers under $2,500, cafeteria operations, parent and community involvement procedures, high school year-end exam schedule.

Information: 848-8280.

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