School meetings to focus on crowding, redistricting

January 04, 1993|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

Parents and students will be able to share their opinions with county school officials on future boundary changes during two regional meetings scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday.

The meetings also will address crowding in schools and the estimated 11,000 more students expected by 1999. Associate Superintendent Maurice Kalin will explain projections on which schools will be under-enrolled and over-enrolled, and will present alternatives to redistricting.

He said the meetings should explain problems the schools expect, including limited resources in the face of growing enrollment.

Almost all parts of the county except Columbia will face crowding problems, he said.

"There is no proposal right now [for boundary changes]. Nothing has been set," he said.

Mr. Kalin also will present a proposal for boundary adjustments to the five-member Board of Education Jan. 28. The board itself will hold a public hearing March 9 and will vote on the proposal March 25.

School officials have discussed year-round schools and double shifts as ways to reduce crowding. They have planned 17 additional schools, including an eastern high school on 45 acres near Snowden River Parkway, Tamar Drive and Dobbin Road.

Two middle schools are scheduled to open next school year: Mount View Middle School on Frederick and Mount View roads in Marriottsville and Rockburn Elementary School on Montgomery Road and Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge.

School officials say redistricting is one way to balance student populations among schools. They will discuss "not only the overcrowding in the schools if no redistricting is made, but also, if redistricting does occur, what geographical area may be moved" Mr. Kalin said. "The questions are who and when."

The first meeting will be tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road in Columbia. It will address changes for the northeastern and southeastern parts of the county, and east and west Columbia.

Elementary schools affected include Atholton, Bollman Bridge, Deep Run, Elkridge, Forest Ridge, Guilford, Hammond, Laurel Woods, Waterloo, Worthington, Bryant Woods, Clemens Crossing, Dasher Green, Jeffers Hill, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook, Steven's Forest, Swansfield, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hill.

Middle schools affected are Ellicott Mills, Hammond, Mayfield Woods, Patuxent Valley, Harper's Choice, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake.

High schools to be discussed include Hammond, Howard, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake.

The second meeting will be Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. The meeting will address the county's northern and western regions.

Elementary schools affected include Bushy Park, Centennial Lane, Clarksville, Lisbon, Northfield, Pointers Run, St. John's Lane, Waverly and West Friendship.

Middle schools that will be discussed are Burleigh Manor, Clarksville, Dunloggin, Glenwood and Patapsco.

High schools that will be discussed are Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg and Mount Hebron.

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