Official expected to propose school redistricting plan

January 05, 1993|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

The redistricting wars are about to begin.

Anne Arundel County School Superintendent C. Berry Carter II is to make his recommendation tomorrow on the redrawing of school boundaries in Pasadena and Annapolis and the shifting of students at Fort Meade-area elementary schools.

Traditionally any talk of redistricting has led to numerous battles between parents who don't want to see their children moved and school officials who are trying to accommodate growth in crowded schools.

This school year has proven to be no different.

When school planners suggested in October moving some Severn Elementary students from the Old Mill feeder system to the Meade feeder system, hundreds of parents opposed the move in several vocal community meetings. The proposal died.

Michael Raible, director of planning and construction for the school system, said the plan for moving Severn students was withdrawn because a site may become available for Provinces Elementary School in the Severn area.

Now, Mr. Carter is expected to recommend that the school board move about 600 sixth-grade students from Meade-area elementary schools to MacArthur Middle School in the fall of 1994.

If Mr. Carter follows the plans of his staff, he also is expected to recommend drawing new boundaries for Solley Elementary in Pasadena, where a new school is scheduled to be completed in 1995.

The changes would move Sunset Elementary students living west of Stony Creek to Solley Elementary. Students who attend High Point Elementary and live south of 220th Street and west of the Turf Valley development would also be transferred to Solley.

All High Point Elementary students living east of Green Haven would move to Sunset Elementary. And High Point Elementary students living in the communities of Stoneybrook Village and Mount Pleasant would move to Sunset Elementary.

In all, 700 students would be affected.

In the Annapolis area, the superintendent and his staff are expected to recommend that about 865 students attending Annapolis, Eastport, Edgewater, Hillsmere, Parole, Tyler Heights, Georgetown East, Germantown, Rolling Knolls and West Annapolis elementary schools be moved to new schools.

The proposal would increase the minority population at some schools substantially, while decreasing the minority population in others. The new boundaries would be based almost solely on community boundaries, and less on racial and other considerations.

Some officials have expressed a concern that neighborhood schools would resegregate the schools.

The school board will meet 9 a.m. at Board of Education headquarters, 2644 Riva Road.

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