Redistricting plan stirs controversy among parents

March 10, 1998|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

School redistricting for the fall -- which once looked like a few minor adjustments -- has heated up into an issue that is expected to draw comments from at least 52 Howard County residents at a public hearing tonight.

Many of the comments will likely focus on proposals to fill a new elementary school, Triadelphia Ridge, in western Howard County. The meeting is at the Department of Education headquarters in Ellicott City.

Some parents of children who would be moved are preparing for a fight. Fifty-two people have signed up to speak at tonight's hearing.

The school system has recommended moving 62 students from Lisbon Elementary to Bushy Park Elementary -- taking the place of students who would go to Triadelphia Ridge. In response, Lisbon parents have formed a redistricting committee and drafted alternative plans that would leave Lisbon students unaffected.

But that plan would move students from Pointers Run Elementary, which was not in the school system's original proposal, to Triadelphia Ridge. It also would mean moving more students from Clarksville Elementary and fewer students from Bushy Park.

In January, school officials released a plan that would move about 760 students in the areas surrounding Triadelphia Ridge and a second new school, Gorman Crossing Elementary. Both are scheduled to open in the fall.

The plan calls for about 250 students to move from Forest Ridge and Atholton elementaries to fill Gorman Crossing in Savage.

School board members will vote on the changes March 26.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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