School board to discuss redistricting today

January 17, 2007|By Ruma Kumar | Ruma Kumar,Sun Reporter

The Anne Arundel County school board will consider today Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell's proposal to shift boundaries and adjust student enrollment in 15 schools.

Among Maxwell's most controversial recommendations is to funnel students in the Seven Oaks community to Meade High School, rather than Arundel High, where they are assigned now. Parents, concerned about the transience and low student performance at Meade, are pushing to stay in the Arundel feeder system.

Tonight, the board is expected to discuss which of the superintendent's suggestions to present at public hearings, which are expected to be scheduled for late February and March.

The redistricting proposals come six months after a $490,000 facilities study, conducted by the consulting firm MGT of America, which had recommended shifting attendance boundaries for 32 of the county's elementary schools.

Maxwell set aside many of the consultant's recommendations, changing school boundaries based instead on what he has heard from the affected communities. For instance, he retained existing boundaries for Benfield Elementary School in Severna Park even though the school is 100 students over capacity. Parents said they would rather add three more portables to Benfield than shift students to nearby Oak Hill Elementary.

The board must give its final OK on redistricting by April 30. The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the Carol S. Parham Administration Building, 2644 Riva Road.

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