School redistricting debated

July 30, 1997


Staff Writer

Supporters and opponents of a Washington County school redistricting plan argued their cases before the Maryland Board of Education in Baltimore Tuesday, officials said.

The plan, which affected about 300 students at five county middle schools last year, was appealed by 11 Williamsport-area parents.

They had complained that the Washington County Board of Education violated procedures by voting to accept the plan on April 23, 1996, a week before a public hearing on it was held.

An administrative law judge for the state board upheld the county Board of Education's plan in May, said Richard McGrory, an attorney for the local board.


The case went before the state Board of Education Tuesday, although it is likely the state board will uphold the decision unless there was an error in the process, attorneys for both sides said Tuesday.

The state Board of Education is expected to make a decision in the case within a month, said McGrory.

The Washington County Board of Education approved the redistricting plan last May.

The five middle schools affected were Northern, Western Heights, E. Russell Hicks, Springfield, and Smithsburg.

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