1,800 may have to change schools Boundaries redrawn to fill new facilities

December 04, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

About 1,800 Howard County students would be forced to change schools next fall under a preliminary boundary-line proposal presented to parents last night.

The changes would affect students at three elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools and are required to accommodate next fall's opening of three new schools and a high school addition.

The proposal was presented to more than 200 parents last night at Centennial High School by Associate Superintendent Maurice Kalin.

Kalin described the proposal as his "current thoughts" and emphasized that it is likely to change before he makes a formal recommendation to the county school board next month. Nevertheless, the proposed changes quickly raised concerns among some parents whose children would be forced to change schools. Kalin said he hopes those parents will offer suggestions on how he might improve the proposal.

The school board adjusts boundary lines almost every year to take into account enrollment growth and the opening of new schools. The 39,000-student system is expected to grow by more than 19 percent -- or about 7,500 pupils -- by 2006.

Over the next decade, the 60-school system plans to build as many as four elementary schools, five middle schools and additions to 10 other schools.

Kalin's tentative proposal includes:

Transferring to the new Fulton Elementary School Pointers Run Elementary students who live on streets south of Guilford Road that can be reached by other thoroughfares.

Pointers Run students who live on streets south of Guilford Road that can be reached only by Guilford would continue to attend Pointers Run.

About 330 students would attend Fulton Elementary next fall, which is off Route 216 near Lime Kiln Road and Murphy Road in Fulton.

Transferring to the new Hollifield Station Elementary School the approximately 200 St. John's Lane Elementary students who live north of U.S. 40. Hollifield Station is off Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City.

Transferring to Hollifield Station the approximately 285 Waverly Elementary students who live on and east of Old Mill Road. The proposed border would be the same as the current boundary line for Patapsco Middle School.

Transferring to the new Murray Hill Middle School those Hammond Middle School students who live on Murray Hill Road, east of Gorman Road and Leishear Road, north of Route 216 between Leishear Road and Interstate 95, and east of Interstate 95. About 475 students would attend Murray Hill, which is off Gorman Road near Murray Hill Road in North Laurel.

Transferring to Hammond Middle the approximately 170 Patuxent Valley Middle students who live south of Route 32 and west of Broken Land Parkway.

Transferring to Oakland Mills Middle School about 50 Clarksville Middle students who live in MacGill's Common, a neighborhood in Columbia's Kings Contrivance village.

Transferring to Oakland Mills High School about 80 Hammond High students who live in MacGill's Common.

Transferring to Hammond High School the approximately 200 Howard High students who live south of Route 175.

The proposal would allow students who will be high school seniors next fall to remain at their current high schools.

When the school year began this fall, the boundary lines changed for every high school in the county except one to accommodate the opening of two new high schools, affecting more than 1,400 high school students.

More than 750 elementary school students also had to change schools this fall due to boundary changes made to four elementary schools in the Elkridge-Ellicott City area to accommodate the opening of Ilchester Elementary School.

Kalin will present his preliminary proposal again tonight at 7: 30 p.m. at Hammond High School. He will formally recommend changes to the school board Jan. 23. The board will set the final boundary lines March 25.

Pub Date: 12/04/96

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