Schools Prepare for Elementary, Middle School Redistricting

November 17, 2011

Elementary and middle school boundaries for three Waldorf schools will change next year as Charles County Public Schools prepares to balance enrollments. Superintendent James E. Richmond informed the Board of Education on Nov. 8 that a review of enrollments shows that Theodore G. Davis Middle School, William A. Diggs Elementary School and Mary B. Neal Elementary School are at or above capacity and redistricting is needed.

A redistricting committee is being formed to develop proposals to create new attendance zones for the three schools that will reduce the student enrollment, make room for growth and alleviate the need to immediately place portable classrooms at Neal. “These three schools are full and enrollments continue to climb due to the growth in surrounding areas. We have available seats at nearby schools, so we feel it is necessary to redistrict at this time,” Richmond said.

Students affected by the redistricting will change schools in August 2012.

The school system is developing a redistricting committee, which includes six parents, three community members at large, three principals representing the three levels of schooling, a representative from the county’s Department of Planning, a consulting specialist in redistricting and key central office staff to serve on the committee. Parents’ names are selected at random from submissions made by school principals. Parents from schools impacted are excluded to avoid the appearance of self-interests or conflict of interest. Any resident who would like to be considered as one of the three community members on the committee should submit their name to redistrict@ccboe.com by Nov. 22.

The committee will develop two rezoning alternatives to submit to the Superintendent by January, and the Superintendent will present the alternatives to the Board of Education in February. A public hearing will follow, and in March, the Superintendent will present his recommendation to the Board. A second public hearing on the Superintendent’s recommendation will be scheduled. The Board will make a decision at its April 10 meeting and may make modifications to the Superintendent’s recommendation based on public input.

Information about the redistricting will be available throughout the process. All information will be posted on the school system’s Web site, www.ccboe.com, and information flyers will be sent home with elementary students and mailed to middle school parents.

Community input is essential to a successful redistricting. The Superintendent welcomes comments from the public. Comments and suggestions may be shared at public hearings, through e-mail or by letter. E-mails should be sent to redistrict@ccboe.com. Mail letters to Charles County Public Schools, Redistricting, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646.

 

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