Harford board approves boundaries for new school

April 04, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Harford County school board approved last night boundaries for a combined high school and middle school set to open in fall 2007, leaving largely intact a version of the plan that some parents complained about when it was submitted in February.

With about 200 people attending last night's meeting in Bel Air, the board approved a series of recommendations determining which students will attend the new Patterson Mill complex.

School officials said about 1,100 students from Bel Air high and middle schools will be shifted to the new facility, a sticking point for many parents, who objected to the disruption of their children's academic track.

But the board voted to allow affected juniors and seniors to stay in their current schools.

The plan was drafted by a panel advising the school superintendent, which presented its original version last November and then conducted several public hearings. The panel submitted revised recommendations to the school board in late February after reviewing feedback from the hearings.

The panel "has discussed all the options and come up with what they believe is the best combination of boundaries for everyone involved," Jacqueline Haas, the school superintendent, said last night.

Many parents of students who would be affected voiced displeasure with the original plan and saw little relief in the revised version.

"We should not chose between two equally bad proposals," Sandy Krause said last night. She is the parent of a Fallston Middle student who would be shifted to Patterson Mill in 2007.

Another recommendation approved last night reduced to 41, from 138, the number of students who will be shifted from Joppatowne High to Fallston High.

The board tabled action on broader revision of boundaries.

Staff report

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