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Students may be transferred to relieve crowding

June 17, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

A schools enrollment committee is recommending the Washington County Board of Education consider moving some students out of Eastern Elementary School to relieve crowding there.

The committee recommends taking 29 students from the Londontowne area and sending them to Funkstown Elementary School, said John Schnebly, a member of the committee.

Eastern Elementary has a 584-student capacity, and it finished the school year with 592 students, Schnebly said.

Schnebly said the district's overall student growth has not been significant.

Although 10 of the county's 25 elementary schools are at or above their state rated capacity, the committee is not recommending major boundary adjustments for schools.

"Redistricting can only solve one problem by creating another," the committee said in a report to the board.

Most of the problems with overcrowding will be caused by growth spurts in different parts of the county, said Schnebly.

Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. said students would not be moved without serious consideration by the board.

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"I don't want to alarm people," said Bartlett.

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