Briefings on problems at schools target parents

Redistricting, crowding to be focus of campaign

April 02, 1999|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

County schools will begin a campaign next week to get parents involved in finding solutions to enrollment shifts and crowded classrooms.

Starting Wednesday, school planning and construction officials will hold public briefings to answer questions and take suggestions on a consultant's report that recommends redistricting 3,500 students and expanding several schools.

The recommendations are intended to accommodate the population shifts that, unchecked, would cause severe crowding at schools during the next 20 years, officials say.

All forums will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditoriums of these schools: April 7 -- Arundel High School, 1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills.

April 8 -- Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis.

April 12 -- Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road, Severna Park.

April 14 -- North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave., Glen Burnie.

The SWH Group submitted its report to the board in February. The $300,000 report recommended redistricting 3,500 students from Gambrills, Odenton, Severna Park, Millersville, Linthicum and Glen Burnie, along with building additions at two middle schools and two high schools.

It made the recommendations after studying several options, including building a high school and redistricting the entire school system. A combination of redistricting and building the additions would be the most cost-effective plan, the report said.

A summary of the consultant's report and the minutes from the briefings will be posted on the school Web site -- www.aacps.org -- and parents will be able to post their comments there. Parents also can call a hot line -- 800-645-9040 -- to get answers or make comments.

Copies of the consultant's report are available at all county libraries and at the school system's central offices at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

In an effort to ensure that no one is left uninformed, school officials have arranged for cable Channel 99 to air the presentation given to the school board by the SWH Group. Viewers can tune in at 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. on any Monday night in April.

Pub Date: 4/02/99

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