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Redistricting panel OKs some proposals

October 13, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- A committee studying ways to change attendance zones for Washington County public elementary schools to relieve overcrowding approved several proposals during a meeting Tuesday night at the school system's central office.

Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee members also continued to discuss issues regarding the length of school bus routes, school enrollment numbers and other growth-related issues.

There also was discussion about the amount of time it is taking the committee to deal with redistricting issues.

Committee member Bert Iseminger defended the work that has gone into the redistricting plans, saying the committee is examining them "to the nth degree. And that's the way it is supposed to be." Committee chairman Adam Lewis said he has been listening to citizen input about the redistricting plans and he believes there might need to be some changes made.

Three proposals that were approved Tuesday night were:

o Kindergarten and pre-Kindergarten students currently in an Eastern Primary School district who are attending Funkstown Elementary School eventually would return to Eastern Primary School, school officials said. The Board of Education recently approved construction of Eastern Primary School along Mount Aetna Road east of Hagerstown.

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o About 70 students from Bester Elementary School would be sent to an early childhood center at Funkstown Elementary School. Of the 70 students, about 15 are 3-year-olds and the rest are pre-Kindergarten students, said Boyd Michael, deputy superintendent for Washington County Schools.

o Thirty students from the southeastern-most portion of the Conococheague Elementary School district would be sent to Lincolnshire Elementary School. Sixty-six students from the Conococheague Elementary district closest to Williamsport would go to Williamsport Elementary School and 15 students from the northeastern section of the Conococheague Elementary district would be sent to Maugansville Elementary School.

The committee is making recommendations to the Board of Education for redistricting. The committee plans to keep working on its recommendations at a meeting Oct. 27.

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