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Morgan says she supports redistricting

September 05, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Tuesday that she supports a redistricting plan being considered by the Board of Education.

A committee presented to the board in July the plan that affects the attendance zones of many public schools in Washington County.

Morgan said she supported the 20 boundary adjustments suggested by the committee.

"I did look at everything very carefully, and all of their recommendations have really good detail attached to it, which caused me to support it," Morgan said.

She attended several committee meetings throughout the five-month process, she said.

Redistricting is necessary to ease overcrowding at some schools and to fill Rockland Woods Elementary, slated to open in 2008 in the Westfields housing development.

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Larger replacement schools for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools are scheduled to open that year.

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing this month on the redistricting proposal. Board member Donna Brightman said she would like the board to consider holding additional public forums on the topic that would include more dialogue among board members, school system staff and the public.

The committee proposed moving students from six elementary schools to Rockland Woods, including 133 from Fountain Rock Elementary, 23 from Boonsboro, 94 from Greenbrier, 158 from Funkstown, 150 from Emma K. Doub and two from Sharpsburg, according to information presented to the board.

The proposed changes would send 201 students from Paramount Elementary and 16 students from Conococheague to Maugansville Elementary. The attendance zone for Pangborn Elementary could remain the same.

Funkstown Elementary would enroll only prekindergarten and kindergarten students, according to the proposal. Emma K. Doub Elementary would add first- and second-graders to the third- through fifth-graders at the school. The proposal includes keeping open Conococheague Elementary, delaying previous plans to close the school.

Other changes are included in the draft proposal.

During Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, Morgan said she was disappointed that more students could not be moved from Boonsboro schools.

"We will look again at enrollment and look at some other possibilities down the road," she said.

Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said that the facilities and enrollment advisory committee, which proposed the attendance zone changes being discussed, soon will be asked to make recommendations on where to place 15 portable classrooms that will be available when the three new school buildings open in 2008.




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The issue: Redistricting is possible at some Washington County public schools as officials act to relieve overcrowding and fill new schools scheduled to open in 2008.

What's new: Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan told the Board of Education Tuesday that she supports the redistricting recommendations presented by the facilities and enrollment advisory committee.

What's next: A public hearing has been scheduled to discuss redistricting. The hearing will be Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School.




Public hearing



What: Public hearing on redistricting of Washington County public schools

When: Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Where: South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St.

Details: For more information, call Washington County Public Schools at 301-766-2800.

ยท For details about the proposed redistricting and to view road lists and maps, go to www.wcboe.k12.md.us. Go to public information and then to FEAC (Redistricting).

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