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What Do You Think?

September 15, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Do you think Washington County Public Schools should move ahead with a committee's recommendations for redistricting?

o "Sorry, but I think that the kids should be schooled as close to home as possible, and not bused all over the county. It was a big mistake to get rid of the neighborhood schools and we are seeing the results of that now."

o "I think kids should be bused to where they get the best education."

o "I think the county should not let developers build unless there is adequate room for students in their own school district, or the county should hold the developers responsible for adding on or building new schools to accommodate. As for the parents, part of the reason they choose to live where they do is because of the schools their kids would be going to. The BOE has no problem uprooting and disrupting school systems for a makeshift antidote for a real problem that the commissioners refuse to address."

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o "As Washington County continues to grow in population, changes in school districts are inevitable. The eastern part of the county is growing faster than the westernmost parts. Since it is a countywide system of schools, it is natural and expected that boundaries will change over time. It is not a Boonsboro or Smithsburg or North or South problem, etc. It is a Washington County school system problem."

o "Yes, Washington County Public Schools should move forward with committee recommendations. We have schools with empty classrooms and others that are overcrowded. A shift in boundaries (redistricting) is necessary."

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