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Redistricting notices being distributed to Washington County students

February 27, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - With about 1,100 students affected by redistricting, Washington County Public Schools officials said they have some changes to make before the start of the school year in August.

The yearlong redistricting effort affected about half of the county's schools, which will result in some teaching positions being moved, bus route changes and other items, Facilities Planner Robert Spong said.

"Now that redistricting is winding down, we're starting to notify those folks (who were affected)," he said during a Washington County Board of Education committee meeting Tuesday.

The board voted last year to change the attendance zone at many of the county's schools to relieve overcrowding. Last week, a proposal to move an additional 160 students from Boonsboro Elementary School to the new Rockland Woods Elementary School died before a vote was taken.

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Rockland Woods Elementary School and replacement schools for Pangborn and Maugansville elementary schools will open this year.

Spong said students affected by the approved changes will receive information about where they will be enrolled at the start of the upcoming school year. Some students who are enrolled in magnet programs or are rising fifth-graders also are receiving information about their situation.

Rising fifth-graders affected by the redistricting efforts will be able to remain at their current school, officials have said. Board of Education Vice President Donna Brightman said Tuesday that parents will have to provide transportation for those students.

Spong said new bus routes will be designed based on the new attendance zones. He also said that with students moving out of schools, some teaching positions also might be shifted.

"There may be two or three teachers that need to be relocated," he said. "We'll know when everything shakes out."

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