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School redistricting hearing set

September 11, 2007

The Washington County Board of Education will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the South Hagerstown High School auditorium on recommendations for redistricting.

The hearing will begin with an informational presentation by School Board members and staff, followed by input from citizens who have signed up to speak at the hearing, according to a press release.

Anyone wishing to speak must register through the office of the Board secretary before the hearing by calling 301-766-2994, or by registering at South Hagerstown High School up to 30 minutes before the start of the hearing.

People speaking as individuals will be allotted three minutes; people designated to represent an organization will be allotted five minutes.

The 20 proposals for attendance zone realignment are based on the work completed by the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee over the past year, according to the release. The committee was charged with reviewing and revising school boundary lines where appropriate due to construction of the new Rockland Woods Elementary School, as well as construction projects at Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools.

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As proposed, the following 14 elementary schools would be affected by the boundary changes: Bester, Boonsboro, Conococheague, Eastern, Emma K. Doub, Fountain Rock, Funkstown, Greenbrier, Lincolnshire, Maugansville, Old Forge, Paramount, Salem Avenue and Sharpsburg. Pangborn Elementary School's boundaries were not recommended for change.

Other recommendations involve changes to middle and high school boundaries in order to maintain or create logical feeder patterns from elementary to middle to high school and to relieve crowded conditions at a number of schools, according to the release. Those affected schools are E. Russell Hicks and Springfield middle schools, and South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools.

Approved changes will be implemented in the 2008-09 school year.

Additional information is available on the Washington County Public Schools' Web site, on the advisory committee's page: http://www.wcboe.k12.md.us/content/d_s_facilities_feac.cfm.

An Attendance Zone Hotline has been established to provide information about specific addresses and whether they are affected by the recommended changes, according to the release. That number is 301-766-8900.

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