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By Loni Ingraham and The Towson Times | March 25, 2010
The yearlong, often-contentious process of creating new school boundaries in the area served by Riderwood and Rodgers Forge elementary schools and the new $25 million West Towson Elementary is over. It culminated Tuesday in a unanimous vote by the Baltimore County Board of Education, which took less than two minutes to approve a modified version of Scenario G - a plan that had been supported by 70 percent of community members who served on the boundary study committee, according to the school system.
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November 7, 2011
Two weeks ago, the Board of Education changed the redistricting plan that isolates three streets (called Polygon 16 and 1016). Under this plan, 20 students would attend Guilford Elementary while all of the other streets in Dickinson would attend Atholton or Hammond Elementary. As the western boundary for Guilford Elementary under the proposal, the closest residence to the east would be 1.4 miles away. Our children would have to walk, bike, or be driven at least 1.4 miles through commercial zones and across major roads to visit friends, while just one street to the west, kids will be going to Atholton Elementary.
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January 18, 1996
School boundaries in South Carroll will change with the opening of Oklahoma Road Middle School in the fall, and the school board has scheduled a series of meetings to hear public opinion on the proposed changes.The four options the board is considering affect Sykesville Middle and Westminster West Middle schools. Two of the four options also affect Mount Airy Middle School.All four options propose moving students from the Presidential Park area of West Middle.The options will be presented to the public Monday at Mount Airy Middle School and Jan. 25 at Liberty High School.
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By Loni Ingraham and The Towson Times | March 25, 2010
The yearlong, often-contentious process of creating new school boundaries in the area served by Riderwood and Rodgers Forge elementary schools and the new $25 million West Towson Elementary is over. It culminated Tuesday in a unanimous vote by the Baltimore County Board of Education, which took less than two minutes to approve a modified version of Scenario G - a plan that had been supported by 70 percent of community members who served on the boundary study committee, according to the school system.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1997
West County parents will have one more chance this week to say where they think their children should attend elementary, middle and high school.Groups of parents began meeting last year to come up with their version of new school boundaries to accompany the opening this fall of a new middle school for the Fort Meade area.There's been nothing straightforward about the process since then. Some parents have made clear they don't want their children in Meade area schools at all.Here are the threads of the complicated debate:Parents on a redistricting task force had to decide which students would attend the new middle school and which students would go to 30-year-old MacArthur Middle School, both on Fort Meade.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | June 21, 1995
A suit to overturn the county Board of Education's plan for new school boundaries will go to trial, an Anne Arundel County judge ruled yesterday.Without comment, Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. denied the school board's motion to dismiss the suit filed by two Seven Oaks parents. No trial date has been scheduled."We were confident the judge would agree this merits judicial review," said Zoe B. Draughon, who filed the suit along with Linda A. Lotz. "The attitude of the school board to blithely dismiss any position taken by parents that doesn't agree with the board's actions is not going to be accepted anymore, not by parents and, luckily for us, not by the court."
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1996
Harford County elementary students from Emmorton to Edgewood could find themselves moving to different schools in September as a redistricting committee decides on new school boundaries.The 27-member committee, which has until March to present recommendations to the school board, will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the board room at 45 E. Gordon St. in Bel Air.Some schools, such as William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary, a two-building school in Abingdon, may lose students to one school -- only to gain students from another, said Donald R. Morrison, system spokesman.
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By LIZ F. KAY .. and LIZ F. KAY ..,SUN REPORTER | April 28, 2006
A group of Pikesville residents and homeowners associations from the area are appealing to the state school board, questioning the level of community involvement in the selection of an attendance area for Woodholme Elementary School last year. "The testimony shows how a major segment of the affected population was excluded from the process," Alan P. Zukerberg, president of the Pikesville Communities Corporation, said in his closing argument before an administrative law judge yesterday.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2004
Your decisions will anger many, you'll be blamed for breaking up neighborhoods and some will question if you have a heart. By the way, the job doesn't pay. So why would anyone volunteer to serve on a committee that redistricts high school boundaries -- possibly the most contentious education issue in Howard County? "Frankly, I'm not looking for the public's gratitude for this work but to make sure the process is transparent and equitable as possible," said Tom Grobicki, a member of the Howard County School Boundary Line Committee.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2003
The Howard County Board of Education took the school system's demographer to task last night over redistricting recommendations for the coming school year, claiming that many of them are needed to fix careless mistakes from previous years. "The whole process that led us to this point concerns me," said board member Courtney Watson, who suggested to demographer David C. Drown that he and the boundary-line committee create some kind of checklist to make sure they haven't missed anything when making changes.
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January 5, 2010
Baltimore County school officials have scheduled a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Loch Raven High School to gather public input on attendance boundary lines for the new West Towson Elementary School. The school, set to open in August adjacent to Ridge Ruxton School on North Charles Street, will draw students from crowded elementaries in the Towson area. The West Towson Elementary School Boundary Study Committee, which has been meeting for the past three months, will review public comment before making its recommendation to the county Board of Education in March.
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October 21, 2007
The citizens' committee developing redistricting recommendations for the new Gambrills-area elementary school will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Piney Orchard Elementary School, 2641 Strawberry Lake Way, Odenton. The committee will recommend boundaries and secondary school assignments for the new school, which is scheduled to open next year on Nantucket Road. The committee will also suggest how to best use the remaining elementary schools in Crofton and along the Waugh Chapel Road corridor.
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By LIZ F. KAY .. and LIZ F. KAY ..,SUN REPORTER | April 28, 2006
A group of Pikesville residents and homeowners associations from the area are appealing to the state school board, questioning the level of community involvement in the selection of an attendance area for Woodholme Elementary School last year. "The testimony shows how a major segment of the affected population was excluded from the process," Alan P. Zukerberg, president of the Pikesville Communities Corporation, said in his closing argument before an administrative law judge yesterday.
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By LIZ F. KAY and LIZ F. KAY,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2006
The Baltimore County school board is considering a recommendation to have children from two elementary schools in the southwestern part of the county attend the new Windsor Mill Middle School. Under the proposal, which was the subject of a sparsely attended hearing last night, Dogwood and Winfield elementary schools would become feeder schools for Windsor Mill. School board members are expected to make a decision about the attendance-area proposal at their March 28 meeting. Steve Whisler, president of the Westview Park Improvement & Civic Association, told school board members that he believed the boundary-line process was not "community based" and urged them to reject all four concepts that were developed.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2005
While some parents urged the Baltimore County school board to adopt proposed boundaries for the new Woodholme Elementary School, a larger number turned out for a hearing on Woodholme last night to appeal to the board on other boundary issues. A majority of the approximately 50 people in the audience were there to urge the board to redistrict the housing developments of Long Meadow, Fields of Stevenson and Dumbarton Heights from Wellwood International Elementary School, which is slightly over capacity, to the slightly under-capacity Fort Garrison Elementary.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2005
For almost three decades, now-retired Associate Superintendent Maurice F. Kalin redrew school attendance boundary lines in Howard County. But parents and residents complained that the process was closed off and inaccessible so the school board gave a citizens committee authority to set proposed lines starting with the opening of Reservoir High School in 2002. Most recently, the committee played an integral role in setting lines for Marriotts Ridge High School, scheduled to open in August.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1997
Furious parents told the Anne Arundel County school board last night that its latest proposal to redraw school boundaries for Pasadena is a disaster.About 150 people gave standing ovations to two dozen speakers who expressed opposition to a plan to relieve crowding at George Fox Middle School by shifting to Chesapeake Bay Middle School 270 students who ordinarily would attend George Fox.The board is proposing to take all of Riviera Beach Elementary's students...
NEWS
February 9, 1997
THE CONTROVERSY spawned by reporter Marego Athans' recent news articles about Baltimore-area students sneaking into school systems other than their own demands discussion of long- and short-term answers to a serious problem.Is there a way for families seeking a better education for their children to get it legitimately, without forcing other families to share costly school resources with those who have not paid?One solution offered is fairly radical. Eliminate the borders and let funding follow the children, says Christopher T. Cross, president of the State Board of Education.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2005
Baltimore County school district officials last night unveiled two sets of proposed boundaries for the new Woodholme Elementary School, scheduled to open this fall to relieve crowding at New Town Elementary School. Under both proposals, Woodholme would draw children from New Town, Milbrook and Owings Mills elementary schools. The only difference between the two proposals is that one would move some children from Owings Mills Elementary to Fort Garrison Elementary, and move the area around the Owings Mills mall from the New Town attendance area to the Woodholme attendance area.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2004
Your decisions will anger many, you'll be blamed for breaking up neighborhoods and some will question if you have a heart. By the way, the job doesn't pay. So why would anyone volunteer to serve on a committee that redistricts high school boundaries -- possibly the most contentious education issue in Howard County? "Frankly, I'm not looking for the public's gratitude for this work but to make sure the process is transparent and equitable as possible," said Tom Grobicki, a member of the Howard County School Boundary Line Committee.
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