Board to hear pupil transfer plan

February 09, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll County school officials will recommend a plan to the school board that would move the fewest number of students from Taneytown to Runnymede Elementary School when it opens in September.

The Board of Education will hear the proposal at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Westminster High School.

The board will not decide what it will do, however, until it holds a public hearing on the proposal at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Francis Scott Key High School.

So far, opposition to the plan has been much smaller than school officials had expected. They had feared the most unpopular aspect of the plan might be that some 140 students who will be shifted to Runnymede may get shifted back to Taneytown Elementary two years later when that school has been expanded and renovated.

Those children now walk to Taneytown Elementary School. They would have to ride a bus the three miles or so to Runnymede.

But few Taneytown parents who attended a public meeting there last month had strong objections. They did ask the teachers and administrators to make the transitions as smooth as possible for the children.

School officials had proposed three options, and are recommending the one that moves the smallest number of children.

The region to be redistricted is the Uniontown Elementary School attendance area -- that school will close when Runnymede opens --and about one-third of the Taneytown Elementary area. The dividing points would be Route 194, Route 140 and Trevanion Road.

The move will allow for growth in the Runnymede district, which has a larger potential for growth than Taneytown, said Vernon Smith, director of school support services.

In other business tomorrow, the board is expected to:

* Review an internal committee's evaluation of how the schools have complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law requires a self-evaluation.

* Approve the 1993-1994 school calendar.

* Hear a report on a regional special education program that will move from the Muncie Center at Springfield Hospital Center to the North Hampstead school building.

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