Redistricting of students is explained Shifts required because of opening of new facilities

Transfers set for next fall

All but 2 high schools, 5 elementaries would be affected

November 02, 1995|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

The populations of several of Howard County's high schools would change significantly next fall under proposed boundary changes presented to parents last night.

The shifting of the boundaries would affect every high school in the county except Hammond and Oakland Mills. It is required to accommodate next fall's opening of two new high schools -- Long Reach and River Hill.

The boundaries for the five elementary schools in the northeastern portion of the county also will be changed because a new elementary school will open on Ilchester Road in Ellicott City next fall.

The proposed new elementary and high school districts were presented to about 100 parents at Centennial High School last night by Associate Superintendent Maurice Kalin, who described the changes as "my current thoughts."

"This is to show you what I'm thinking now," Dr. Kalin said. "It could change between now and when I present it to the [school] board [Nov. 21], and it probably will."

The school system adjusts boundaries annually to accommodate the rapidly rising enrollment and the opening of new schools. The 37,500-pupil system is expected to grow by 10,500 students -- and by as many as 14 new schools -- in the next decade, requiring students to be shifted to spread out enrollment.

During the presentation, Dr. Kalin laid out what likely will be the broad outlines for the new high school districts. The changes currently being considered include:

* Transferring to River Hill High those Atholton High School students who live west of Route 216, Brown's Bridge Road and Guilford Road as well as Atholton High pupils who live on streets that only can be reached from those roads.

* Transferring to River Hill those Glenelg High School students who live south of Tridelphia Road and Glenelg pupils who live on streets that only can be reached by Tridelphia Road. Glenelg High students who live south of Route 144 and east of the intersection of Tridelphia Road and Route 144 also would be transferred to River Hill.

* Transferring Howard High School students who live south and east of Route 95, Montgomery Road, Waterloo Road and Hayshed Lane to Long Reach High. But Dr. Kalin emphasized that the boundary line between Howard and Long Reach likely will be adjusted before his presentation to the board.

* Transferring students in Columbia Hills from Centennial High School to Wilde Lake High School.

* Transferring Mount Hebron High School students who live west of Newcut Road in the Stonecrest area to Centennial.

Technology students

Dr. Kalin said he likely will recommend that incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors be transferred but that seniors be permitted to stay in their current schools.

The recommendation to transfer juniors already has drawn criticism, but Dr. Kalin has said repeatedly that the two new high schools need to open with three classes of students. However, he told parents last night that he may reconsider transferring sophomores who would be shifted to an existing school.

Long Reach and River Hill high schools also would be receiving students who choose to enroll in the county's new technology magnet program next fall.

The proposal presented by Dr. Kalin indicated that further high school redistricting will occur in 2000 and 2002.

Elementary schools

To accommodate the opening of the new elementary school on Ilchester Road, Dr. Kalin's proposal for elementary districts for next fall include:

* Transferring Deep Run Elementary School students who live west of Route 108 to Waterloo Elementary School.

* Transferring to Rockburn Elementary School those Elkridge Elementary School students who live south of Bauman Drive, Ducketts Lane, Santa Barbara Road and Park Circle Drive. Elkridge pupils who live on streets that exit only onto those roads also would be transferred to Rockburn.

* Transferring Rockburn students who live on streets that have exits only onto Ilchester Road to the new elementary school. Students who live on streets that exit only onto Kerger Road might be transferred to the new school.

* Transferring Rockburn students who live on streets that exit only onto Route 104 to the new elementary school.

* Transferring Waterloo students who live on streets that exit only onto Meadowridge Road to Rockburn.

* Transferring to the new elementary school those Worthington Elementary School students who live on roads south of Route 103 that exit onto Route 103.

Last night's presentation was the first of two scheduled to be held on boundaries. Dr. Kalin will conduct a second presentation and answer questions at 7:30 tonight at Hammond High School.

The board will make its final decision Jan. 25 after holding several public work sessions and hearing testimony in early January.

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