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Washington County school redistricting panel seeks more information

Committee is reviewing suggestions to ease overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School

February 26, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

A committee of volunteers reviewed several redistricting suggestions Tuesday night as they discussed ways to at least temporarily ease overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School for the coming school year.

The school board voted a week ago to task the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee with making recommendations to the school board by no later than April 2 to help Pangborn for the 2013-2014 school year. The school board also asked the committee to make broader, long-term redistricting recommendations, but the committee focused on the immediate Pangborn issue during its Tuesday meeting at the school system’s Commonwealth Avenue Central Office.

Committee Chairman Bert Iseminger told the committee it would probably meet two more times and then make recommendations. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on March 7 at the Commonwealth Avenue complex.

In addition to reviewing several options provided by staff, the committee came up with two options for which it requested more information.

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One of those options was the possibility of redistricting Monet Drive and Papa Court, both of which are off Pangborn Boulevard, from Pangborn Elementary to Potomac Heights Elementary.

The other option was seeing if there is enough room at Salem Avenue Elementary for that school to take back students who had been moved to the Eastern Elementary/Ruth Ann Monroe Primary school district. If that move could be made, that could free up space at Eastern and Monroe for some students from Pangborn. Salem Avenue is in the West End, while Pangborn, Eastern and Monroe are in the East End.

Pangborn’s official attendance is 810 students, while its state-rated capacity is for 745 students, the school system’s director of facilities planning and development, Robert Rollins, said last week.

The projected enrollment for Pangborn for the coming school year is 842 students, said Chad Criswell, senior project manager and planning supervisor.

Much of the student population growth in the Pangborn school district has come from multifamily dwellings such as apartment complexes, Iseminger said.

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