Vote set today on shifting pupils

Proposal to alleviate crowded schools in south, Mount Airy

March 13, 2002|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

The Carroll County Board of Education is scheduled to vote tonight on a proposal to move about 360 elementary pupils next year among schools in rapidly developing South Carroll and Mount Airy to ease classroom crowding.

School officials have proposed temporarily relocating about 120 Mount Airy Elementary pupils - this year's fourth-grade class - to portable classrooms on the Mount Airy Middle School campus.

They also have recommended transferring 142 pupils from Linton Springs Elementary to Winfield Elementary and shifting 99 Eldersburg Elementary pupils to Freedom Elementary.

School board member Thomas G. Hiltz has gotten an earful from South Carroll parents, particularly those upset that their children could be moved farther northwest from Linton Springs in Eldersburg to Winfield.

"It's an imperfect process and there aren't perfect solutions to it," Hiltz said of redistricting, the often-contentious process of redrawing borders that determine which schools children attend. "But I think people are trying to participate in the process and provide us with some ideas to manage future facilities in the area."

The school board also will hear administrators' final recommendation to balance elementary enrollments in central and northern Carroll County. A committee has suggested moving about 300 pupils in the region next year in a gradual shift of elementary pupils in the northeastern corner of the county to schools farther west and south.

The board is considering redistricting 69 pupils from Spring Garden Elementary in Hampstead to Sandymount Elementary in Finksburg; 82 pupils from Hampstead Elementary to Westminster's Cranberry Station Elementary; 82 pupils from Manchester Elementary to Charles Carroll Elementary in Silver Run; and 58 pupils from Charles Carroll to William Winchester Elementary in Westminster.

Today's meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Maps of the proposed changes are available on the school system's Internet site at http://ccpl.carr. org/ccps and at each of the affected elementary schools.

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