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Plan would relocate 160 Boonsboro students

Proposed redistricting changes would affect children west and northwest of town

Proposed redistricting changes would affect children west and northwest of town

January 22, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? A plan was presented Tuesday to move about 160 Boonsboro Elementary School students to a new elementary school being built south of Hagerstown.

The proposal will be discussed during a public hearing Feb. 5.

A lifelong resident of southern Washington County, Russell Grim said that the proposal will disrupt the close-knit community. Grim is a Hagerstown Fire Department captain with four children attending Boonsboro schools.

"I'm not happy with the fact that there's consideration of moving my children from my community (to Rockland Woods Elementary)," Grim said.

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

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A committee began working on a redistricting plan for many county schools about a year ago, 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.

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 has said that overcrowding at Greenbrier Elementary will ease when a new Eastern Primary School is built.

Grim suggested that the board look at overcrowding in general and move students to Rockland Woods who live closer to the new school.

Boonsboro Elementary's projected enrollment for 2008 is 628 students, and its state-rated capacity is 514 students. By moving 159 students to Rockland Woods, Boonsboro will be left with 469 students.

Rockland Woods will start the 2008-09 school year with 629 students - about 115 students below state-rated capacity - if the proposed changes are made.




The issue: A committee began working on a redistricting plan for many county schools about a year ago, and proposals were presented to the board in July.

What's new: The Washington County Board of Education heard a proposal Tuesday to move 160 students from Boonsboro Elementary School to a new school being built south of Hagerstown.

What's next: A public hearing on the redistricting proposal will be Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Boonsboro Middle School.

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