Cousin's redistricting proposal due

Superintendent to present high school plan tonight

October 28, 2004|By Hanah Cho

The redistricting process for Howard County high schools continues tonight when Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin is to present his boundary recommendations to the Board of Education.

His proposal follows the months-long work by the Howard County School Boundary Line Committee as the county prepares to open its 12th high school, Marriott's Ridge, next fall in Marriottsville.

Last month, the committee unveiled for the community two redistricting plans, dubbed "green" and red."

Cousin has reviewed the committee's proposals. Tonight, he is to present his own, which might include modifications.

"I want to make sure the plan that's ultimately approved is sustainable so that it doesn't come back two years from now," Cousin said.

Cousin said he would consider the same criteria that the committee considered in drafting its proposals, including socioeconomic standing, academic performance and feeder systems that move children from middle to high schools.

On Tuesday, the redistricting committee presented its two proposals to the school board.

The superintendent's presentation is to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Education building, 10910 Route 108, in Ellicott City.

The school system is scheduled to hold two public work sessions (Nov. 4 and 16) and two public hearings (Nov. 9 and 18) before the board's final vote Nov. 23.

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