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Morgan to present ideas on redistricting to school board

December 07, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Washington County Board of Education will hear schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan's proposals for redistricting elementary schools during a meeting Tuesday at the Central Office on Commonwealth Avenue.

Morgan is to present her proposals at 1:20 p.m.

Morgan will use the meeting to discuss whether she approves suggestions made last month by the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee.

The committee, which includes parents, business people and community leaders, was formed in January to create ideas to ease overcrowding by redistricting elementary students.

The committee presented a two-volume, 1,800-page report of its suggestions to the school board last month. The process requires Morgan to review the committee's suggestions and give her opinion before they are forwarded to the school board for a vote.

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If Morgan and the board approve the committee's suggestions as they were presented, about 1,400 of the county's 10,000 elementary school students would be reassigned to different schools, Executive Director of School Operations Rob Rollins said. The committee's proposals would affect 21 of the system's 26 elementary schools.

The board will hold a televised work session Dec. 15 to discuss the matter further, and a public hearing Jan. 5 to get more input from the public. If necessary, a second public hearing would be Jan. 12.

The board is to vote on the redistricting proposals during a meeting Jan. 19.

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