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Committee to eye enrollment

February 07, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to ask an advisory committee to review enrollment data and other information related to redistricting.

The facilities and enrollment advisory committee will make recommendations to the board on redistricting some of the county's schools.

Board President Roxanne R. Ober has said that redistricting of some schools will be necessary after a new elementary school is built and two elementary schools are replaced. All three schools are expected to open in 2008.

According to the charge issued Tuesday night to the committee, "The increase in the number of students, the planned replacement of Pangborn Elementary, the replacement of Maugansville Elementary with substantial increased capacity and the planned construction of a new elementary school in the Westfields community necessitates an examination of the current school attendance area."

School officials said the public would be informed of the process through regular updates on the Washington County Public Schools Web site, which will include meeting dates. Those committee meetings will be open to the public with opportunities for input, officials said.

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The committee will provide recommendations to the board about attendance areas for the three elementary schools, proposed attendance areas for other affected schools and the relocation of existing portable classrooms, if appropriate, to limit overcrowded conditions at specific schools, according to the document voted on by the board.

The committee will meet at least monthly, and will issue its written report to the board on or before July 16.

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