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Redistricting panel approves 19 proposals

October 27, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- A committee formed to find ways to redistrict public elementary schools in Washington County spent Tuesday evening voting on the final proposals that will be taken to the Washington County Board of Education.

The Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee spent nearly 3 1/2 hours at the board auditorium discussing the best ways to shuffle elementary students to alleviate overcrowding.

If the board accepts the committee's redistricting proposals, about 1,500 of the school system's estimated 10,000 elementary students would be affected, said Richard Wright, spokesman for Washington County Public Schools.

Donna Brightman was the only school board member who attended the meeting.

At times during the meeting, committee members spoke over each other trying to argue their positions. Many abstained from casting a vote because they said they didn't know enough about particular proposals. In the end, 19 proposals were approved individually; four were rejected.

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Committee member Dirk DeVault was the only one who consistently voted against the redistricting proposals, which would affect 20 of the county's 26 elementary schools. He said during a break in the meeting that he believed the committee didn't have enough time to review suggestions from the public.

The committee approved the following 19 proposals to reassign students (all numbers are approximate):

o 34 Winter Street Elementary School students to Lincolnshire Elementary School

o 100 Winter Street students to the Eastern Complex, which includes Eastern Elementary School and the proposed Eastern Primary School

o 44 Salem Avenue Elementary School students to Winter Street

o 50 Greenbrier Elementary School students to the Eastern Complex

o 50 fifth-grade students from Salem Avenue to Winter Street

o 90 Old Forge Elementary School students to Cascade Elementary School

o 50 Greenbrier students to Old Forge

o 28 Sharpsburg Elementary School students to Fountain Rock Elementary School

o 195 Pangborn Elementary School students to the Eastern Complex

o 77 Fountaindale Elementary School students to the Eastern Complex

o 101 students from Potomac Heights Elementary School to Pangborn

o 49 Paramount Elementary School students to Pangborn

o 124 Maugansville Elementary School students to Paramount

o 26 students from Salem Avenue to the Eastern Complex

o 18 Rockland Woods Elementary School students to Fountain Rock

o 16 Rockland Woods students to Fountain Rock

o 42 Boonsboro Elementary School students to Rockland Woods

o Eight Boonsboro students to Rockland Woods

o 28 Boonsboro students to Pleasant Valley Elementary School

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