Interim school redistricting urged

January 04, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

While waiting for the vote on a year-long study of proposed changes in school boundaries countywide, Acting School Superintendent Carol S. Parham has recommended redistricting five school feeder systems beginning in September.

Because a study of school populations and school attendance boundaries could not be completed before December, some redistricting must be done now to alleviate crowding at schools in the fall, Dr. Parham said. Once a countywide redistricting plan is developed, it would probably be phased into effect beginning in September 1995, she said.

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on her interim proposal at tomorrow's board meeting, set for 10:30 a.m.

"We must have a plan to deal with our increasing enrollment," Dr. Parham told the school board at a meeting in early December.

The proposed changes in the Broadneck, Arundel, Meade, Old Mill and Chesapeake feeder systems would affect about 1,600 students over the next few years.

In Broadneck, students from Broadneck and Cape St. Claire elementaries would go to Magothy River Middle. Students at Arnold, Belvedere, Windsor Farm and Annapolis elementaries would go to Severn River Middle.

Another move would affect students in the Arundel, Meade and Old Mill feeder systems. Four Seasons Elementary students and children living in Walden, Chapman Farms, Crofton Chase, Charing Cross, Woodwardville, Conway and Wilson Town would attend Arundel Middle next fall.

In addition, when Meade Heights Elementary opens in 1995, students from the Seven Oaks community would be assigned there, instead of Odenton Elementary. Parents from the area oppose that idea.

When the new Meade Area Middle School opens in 1996, all sixth-graders in the Meade feeder system would be able to attend a middle school instead of elementary schools, under the proposal. Students from Severn Elementary would then be reassigned from the Old Mill feeder system to the Meade feeder system.

In the Chesapeake feeder system, Dr. Parham has proposed assigning all fifth-graders to Chesapeake Bay Middle School, which would be organized to function as two schools, one for fifth- and sixth-graders, the other for seventh- and eighth-graders. As part of that move, students from the Chelsea Beach area -- now split between Jacobsville and Lake Shore elementaries -- would move to Lake Shore Elementary.

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