School board proposes redistricting some pupils at Kingsville Elementary

January 13, 1999|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

To relieve severe overcrowding at Kingsville Elementary School in northeastern Baltimore County, school officials proposed last night redistricting some of its pupils to Gunpowder Elementary School in the fall.

The school board, as expected, also formally approved a $127.7 million capital budget request for the next school year. Almost all the money will be spent to renovate and repair aging buildings.

The redistricting change would end up shifting about 115 pupils from Kingsville to Gunpowder over the next four years, according to Donald I. Mohler, northeast area superintendent.

Kingsville's enrollment this year is 580 pupils, more than 100 over capacity. Gunpowder's enrollment is 477, almost 130 below capacity. Those figures are projected to remain about the same over the next five years.

Under the proposal, Kingsville pupils who live east of Belair Road and south of the Big Gunpowder River would be transferred to Gunpowder.

Pupils already enrolled at Kingsville -- and their siblings -- would be allowed to choose which school they want to attend, under the plan.

"Both communities have been very supportive of [the redistricting proposal] so far," Mohler said.

Mohler said that additional meetings will be scheduled with parents at both schools later this month or early next month. After those meetings, the redistricting changes will be presented to the school board for approval.

In approving the capital budget request for the 1999-2000 school year, the board left the plan virtually unchanged from what was presented last month.

The capital budget -- which seeks almost $96 million from the county -- goes to the county executive.

County and school officials are seeking $36.7 million from the state for school construction, of which $17.8 million has been approved.

Pub Date: 1/13/99

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