Redistricting proposal would affect Boonsboro Elementary

About 160 students would be moved to new school

About 160 students would be moved to new school

January 10, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO - A proposal to move about 160 students from Boonsboro Elementary School to a new school being built south of Hagerstown will be presented to the Washington County Board of Education.

The proposed redistricting changes would affect students attending Boonsboro who live to the west and northwest of town, according to documents.

A committee began working on a redistricting plan for many county schools earlier this year, and proposals were presented to the board in July. Officials have said redistricting is necessary to relieve overcrowding at many of the county's elementary schools and to fill Rockland Woods Elementary and replacement schools for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools.

All three schools are scheduled to open this year.

In November, three proposals to move 23 children from Boonsboro and 123 from Greenbrier were dismissed, and the committee was asked to draft a redistricting plan, but only to relieve overcrowding at Boonsboro.


Facilities Planner Robert Spong said that overcrowding at Greenbrier Elementary will ease when a new Eastern Primary School is built.

Boonsboro Elementary School has a state-rated capacity of 514 students, and its 2008 projected enrollment is 628, or 114 students over capacity.

Spong said the committee did not want to flood Rockland Woods Elementary with too many students, but did want to offer Boonsboro some significant relief.

"The idea is to open the new elementary school with a student enrollment that will be close to the local-rated capacity, but still leave room for growth," he said.

Leslie LeBlanc, co-chair of the facilities and enrollment advisory committee that has studied redistricting of the county's schools, said that the recommendation was the most logical of the eight that were studied. The committee took ideas from parents, staff and themselves to draft the proposed boundaries.

She said the committee met in December and January before coming to consensus and that they wanted to make decisions quickly.

"The children who are affected are going to have a different school next fall," LeBlanc said.

After the board receives the proposals, LeBlanc said there likely will be opportunities for the public to comment on them.

Draft copy of attendance zone

Starting at a point where Garis Shop Road intersects with the southern boundary of Rockland Woods Elementary, follow the Rockland Woods boundary line due east to U.S. Alt. 40. Continue south along U.S. Alternate Route 40 to the intersection of Mill Point Road. Follow Mill Point Road to Wheeler Road. Follow Wheeler Road south to Shepherdstown Pike (Md. Rt. 34). Follow Md. Rt. 34 west to the Keedysville town boundary. Then follow the southern boundary of Keedysville west to the existing Sharpsburg attendance zone line. Follow the Sharpsburg attendance zone line north back to the Rockland Woods attendance zone line.

Know more ... in 30 seconds

The issue: Redistricting of many Washington County Public Schools has been discussed for about a year. The facilities and enrollment advisory committee was asked by the Board of Education to look again at options for relieving overcrowding at Boonsboro Elementary.

What's new: The committee has agreed on preliminary boundary changes that would move about 160 students from Boonsboro Elementary to Rockland Woods Elementary, which will open this year south of Hagerstown.

What's next: The board will receive the redistricting proposals and there could be opportunities for public response.

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