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District drafted for new school

March 14, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Students from five elementary schools would attend a new elementary school in Washington County according to a suggested redistricting plan presented Tuesday night.

Students from Funkstown, Emma K. Doub, Fountain Rock, Boonsboro and Greenbrier elementary schools would fill the majority of the 745 available seats in a planned elementary school in the Westfields community south of Hagerstown, officials said.

The recommendation was presented by Washington County Public Schools staff to the facilities enrollment advisory committee - made up of parents, business people and community leaders. The committee will hold a series of meetings through at least June 2007 before the Board of Education could adopt a redistricting plan.

Officials expect that 158 students from Funkstown will be reassigned to the new school. Emma K. Doub (150 students), Fountain Rock (120), Boonsboro (23) and Greenbrier (87) also would send students to the school, according to documents provided to the committee.

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Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said that students' middle and high school plans will not be affected by their move to the school in the Westfields area off Sharpsburg Pike.

Redistricting will be necessary to relieve overcrowding in some schools and to fill the school in the Westfields community and two replacement schools planned for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools. All three are scheduled to open in 2008.

Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction JoEtta Palkovitz-Brown said principals at affected schools, most of which are overcrowded, were thrilled.

When the new elementary school opens in 2008, officials expect that about 600 students will be enrolled using the proposed attendance zone, which is about 145 fewer than it has capacity for, according to documents provided to the committee.

When the school opens, 61 students are expected to be enrolled there from the Westfields and Claggets Mill developments. Those numbers will increase through 2012, officials said, as more units are built.

By 2012, officials said the school would be over capacity, and redistricting might be necessary again.




If you go...



What: Discussion about redistricting of Washington County Public Schools

When: March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Summit Room of the central office of Washington County Public Schools, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown

Contact: For details on the redistricting effort or to comment, call the facilities management office at 301-766-2861 or e-mail feedback@wcboe.k12.md.us.

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