School board announces redrawn boundary lines

Open-enrolled students won't have to leave crowded schools

March 24, 2000|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

CLARIFICATION

An article about new school boundary lines in the Howard County edition of The Sun on Friday should have made clear that current eighth-graders who live in the Thunder Hill area will attend Oakland Mills High School instead of Howard High this fall. It also should have made clear that ninth-graders in the Glenmont area will have the opportunity to enroll at Oakland Mills, in anticipation of future redistricting.

After three months of discussing and revising Associate Superintendent Maurice F. Kalin's redistricting suggestions, the Howard County Board of Education set last night new boundary lines for next school year.

Under the new boundaries:

Waterloo Elementary School will get 180 Rockburn Elementary School pupils in grades kindergarten through 5 -- those who live south and west of Route 100 between Interstate 95 and Exit 4 of Route 100, and on Meadowridge Road between Exit 4 and Brightfield Road. Approximately seven pupils who were previously redistricted will remain at Rockburn as open-enrollment pupils if they choose, provided they have transportation.

Approximately 94 pupils in grades kindergarten through 5 at Waterloo Elementary will move to Jeffers Hill Elementary, and approximately 50 pupils will leave Waterloo for Phelps Luck Elementary.

Seventy-seven ninth-graders, who live in the area south of Route 175 and would ordinarily attend Howard High School, will be sent to Hammond High School. Eventually, all students from this area will attend Hammond.

Twenty-seven ninth-graders who live in the Thunder Hill area will attend Oakland Mills High School instead of Howard High. Eventually, all students who live in this area will be sent to Oakland Mills.

The 15 ninth-graders and all future ninth-graders who live in the Glenmont area and would have attended Howard High will have the opportunity to open-enroll at Oakland Mills in anticipation that that area will be redistricted again in the future.

The board decided not to remove open-enrollment students from severely crowded schools that are being redistricted as had been suggested by Chairman Sandra H. French. The board chose instead to wait until the open-enrollment period begins next month to review how the policy is applied at specific schools.

Open-enrolled students attend a school outside their home-school area.

Board members said that this year's redistricting process was thornier than usual, and one, Stephen C. Bounds, said he and Kalin had received threats from parents.

"If we could never do redistricting again, we would all immediately vote `yes,' " French said.

Kalin said the process would be smoother if the redistricting process were to begin in September and end in December. It now starts in December and ends in March.

The change, Kalin said, would keep redistricting work from interfering with the budget and high school scheduling processes and allow recruitment and hiring of teachers to begin in January rather than April.

He said it also would give communities more time to discuss redistricting proposals. The board said Kalin may make the changes.

In other business, the new eastern-area high school, which will open near Fulton Elementary and Lime Kiln Middle schools in 2002, was named Reservoir High School. The community and a school-naming committee had wanted Fulton High School.

Superintendent Michael E. Hickey told staff members that the last three days of school -- June 14-16 -- previously scheduled as half-days, will be full days to make up class time lost to inclement weather. Morning and afternoon kindergarten classes also will be held on those days, Hickey said.

He said teachers and other 10-month employees will be required to work June 19 and 20 to make up for days lost to inclement weather.

The school system released high school graduation dates. All high schools will hold graduation ceremonies during Memorial Day week -- May 30 - June 2.

Graduations and rehearsals

Atholson:

(R) May 30, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

(G) May 30, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Centennial:

(R) June 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(G) June 2, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Glenelg:

(G) May 31, 7p.m. to 9 p.m. at Glenelg

Hammond:

(R) May 31, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

(G) June 1, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Howard:

(R) June 1, 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(G) June 2, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Long Reach:

(R) May 30, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(G) May 30, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mount Hebron:

(R) June 1, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

(G) June 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Oakland Mills:

(R) May 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

(G) May 31, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

River Hill:

(R) May 31, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

(G) May 31, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Wilde Lake:

(R) May 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(G) June 1, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Cedar Lane:

(G) May 31, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Cedar Lane

*All graduations and rehearsals will be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion, unless otherwise noted.

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