Revised attendance boundaries to shift more than 1,000

April 18, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel County school board has redrawn attendance boundaries to shift more than 1,000 students in four areas of the county and to modify its proposal for redistricting students in four neighborhoods in the northern tip of Edgewater.

The plan, adopted late Wednesday, reworks for the third time the board's plans for Annapolis area schools, compromises on plans for Riviera Beach and Sunset Elementary students, relieves crowding problems in South County and sets attendance areas for a new Meade Area Middle School.

The entire plan could be thrown into disarray, however, if the state school board agrees with a judge who recommended overturning a 1995 plan that switched the Seven Oaks community from the Arundel to the Meade High School feeder system. That vote could come as early as April 30.

The reworked Annapolis plan is designed to mollify parents from four communities south of the city who wanted their children transferred from Mills-Parole Elementary to Edgewater Elementary.

The plan keeps children from Gingerville, Ginger Hill, Poplar Point and Wilelinor in Mills-Parole, but moves them to the South River High School feeder system for middle and high school. Sophomores and juniors from those communities can finish at Annapolis High, however.

Board members were reluctant to send elementary students to Edgewater because it already is operating 10 percent over capacity.

The board will hold a hearing on that plan at 6 p.m. April 28 at school board headquarters on Riva Road and is to vote immediately afterward.

Other Annapolis area moves would add the Clay Street and Obery Court neighborhoods to Annapolis Elementary and move Woodside Gardens students to Eastport Elementary. Children from Admiral Farragut apartments would go to Germantown Elementary, while children from Admiral Oaks would go to Rolling Knolls, along with those from Bestgate, Southhaven and Severn Grove.

Children from Harness Creek and Hunt Meadows, who had gone to Mills-Parole, would move to Hillsmere Elementary; students from Bywater would move from Edgewater Elementary to Parole.

Annapolis Middle School will draw its students from Eastport, Georgetown East, Hillsmere and Tyler Heights elementaries. The other elementary schools will feed into Bates Middle.

In other redistricting, the board voted to:

Send up to 270 George Fox Middle School students to Chesapeake Bay Middle School to relieve crowding at Fox. All middle school students in the Riviera Beach Elementary School area would go to Chesapeake Bay, as would some from Sunset Elementary's attendance area. However, current students would be allowed to remain at Fox. After Chesapeake Bay Middle, the newly moved students would attend Northeast High School, not Chesapeake Senior High.

Shift about 150 Meade area elementary students and set attendance areas for a new Meade Area Middle School, due to open next year. Attending the new school would be students from Brock Bridge, Jessup, Meade Heights, Severn and Van Bokkelen elementary schools.

Move 63 children out of crowded Traceys Elementary to newly renovated and enlarged Deale Elementary in South County.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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