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Panel presents final proposals for redistricting Washington Co. schools

If approved, about 1,400 of the county's 10,000 elementary students would be reassigned

If approved, about 1,400 of the county's 10,000 elementary students would be reassigned

November 17, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- A committee that was formed to create suggestions for redistricting elementary schools in Washington County presented its final proposals to the Washington County Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday.

The Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee was created by the board in January to generate ideas to relieve overcrowding. If the board approves the committee's final proposals, about 1,400 of the county's 10,000 elementary students would be reassigned to different schools.

Roughly 285 of the affected students would be bused to Eastern Primary School on the east end of Hagerstown. Construction of the $25 million school began Tuesday, and is expected to finish in August 2011. Eastern Primary has a state-rated capacity of 695 students.

Board president Wayne Ridenour thanked the 11-member committee, which includes parents, business people and community leaders, for volunteering their service over the course of more than 20 meetings.

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"It is a difficult, difficult job that you undertook," Ridenour said. "We are very appreciative of your efforts."

Ridenour said Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan and the board will review the committee's recommendations next month.

He said at least one public hearing will be held in early January before any decisions are made.

The board will take a final vote Jan. 19.

The committee's final proposals for reassigning students are listed below (all numbers are approximate):

o 125 students from Funkstown Elementary School to the Eastern Complex, which includes Eastern Elementary School and Eastern Primary School

o 70 pre-kindergarten students from Bester Elementary School to Funkstown Elementary

o 30 Conococheague Elementary School students to Lincolnshire Elementary School

o 66 Conococheague Elementary students to Williamsport Elementary School

o 15 students from Conococheague Elementary to Maugansville Elementary School

o 34 Winter Street Elementary School students to Lincolnshire Elementary

o 100 Winter Street Elementary students to the Eastern Complex

o 44 Salem Avenue Elementary School students to Winter Street Elementary

o 50 fifth graders from Salem Avenue Elementary to Winter Street Elementary

o 50 Greenbrier Elementary School students to the Eastern Complex

o 90 Old Forge Elementary School students to Cascade Elementary School

o 50 Greenbrier Elementary students to Old Forge Elementary

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 Potomac Heights Elementary School students to Pangborn Elementary

o 49 Paramount Elementary School students to Pangborn Elementary

o 124 Maugansville Elementary students to Paramount Elementary

o 26 Salem Avenue Elementary students to the Eastern Complex

o 34 Rockland Woods Elementary School students to Fountain Rock Elementary

o 46 Boonsboro Elementary School students to Rockland Woods Elementary

o 28 Boonsboro Elementary students to Pleasant Valley Elementary School

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