State board of education dismisses last redistricting appeal

July 25, 2010

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously last week to dismiss the last remaining appeal of the Washington County Board of Education's redistricting decisions, according to a copy of the case opinion.

Julia Maggitti filed an appeal Feb. 24, alleging the school board's proposal to expand the Pleasant Valley Elementary School attendance zone was "arbitrary and unreasonable," according to Administrative Law Judge Kathleen A. Chapman's proposed order.

On Feb. 2, the school board voted 4-2 to approve a boundary realignment that would send 28 Boonsboro Elementary students to Pleasant Valley Elementary, effective in August. Pleasant Valley Elementary is off Rohrersville Road (Md. 67), about 11 miles south of Boonsboro Elementary, which is on the north end of Boonsboro.

In February, Maggitti said her son was one of the Boonsboro Elementary students who would be sent to Pleasant Valley Elementary under redistricting.


The change would cause her son to catch the bus at 6:30 a.m., before the sun comes up in the winter, Maggitti said. She said she was concerned he would be passed by his bus in the dark and feared he might be struck by a vehicle.

The state board voted 11-0 Tuesday to agree with an administrative law judge's recommendation to dismiss the case.

The board agreed with the judge that Maggitti failed to provide evidence showing the county school board's decision was arbitrary, unreasonable or illegal, according to the opinion.

Maggitti could not be reached for comment.

-- Julie E. Greene

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