Rockland Woods attendance zone changed

May 11, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - The proposed boundary for a new elementary school south of Hagerstown was changed during a committee meeting Thursday.

The attendance zone for Rockland Woods Elementary School was extended to include additional areas to the north and west. A portion of the students slated to attend the school who live on the eastern border, closest to Boonsboro and Greenbrier elementary schools, were removed.

The committee has been holding public meetings to gather feedback on an attendance zone for the new elementary school in the Westfields development along Sharpsburg Pike. Officials have said that redistricting is necessary to relieve overcrowding in some schools and to fill Rockland Woods, which is scheduled to open in 2008.

Replacement schools for Pangborn and Maugansville elementary schools are scheduled to open that same year.

The suggested school zone drafted Thursday includes the area north of Interstate 70, which includes the Black Rock development. Students from that area, along with those who live west of Mapleville Road, just north of Mount Aetna Road, also would go to Rockland Woods Elementary, according to the changes made Thursday.


"We tried to take seriously the comments we got (from parents)," committee chairperson Leslie LeBlanc said.

She said the changes made Thursday were often in direct response to suggestions gathered at public meetings.

Students in the Black Rock development currently attend Greenbrier Elementary School, school officials said. The committee requested that school system staff create new maps and new attendance numbers based on the changes to the suggested zone made Thursday.

That information will be used at the next public meeting to discuss the boundaries - May 21 at South Hagerstown High School - and also will be sent to families in those areas.

The eastern boundary moved west slightly and now runs from the U.S. 40 and Cool Hollow Road intersection to the intersection of Alternate U.S. 40 and Mill Point Road. LeBlanc said students living in this area were much closer to Boonsboro and Greenbrier elementary schools, which was a reason for the change.

The suggested southern boundary remained largely unchanged. The western boundary now encompasses the most northern point of the current Fountain Rock Elementary School attendance zone, which includes Pleasant View Estates, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said.

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