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Public hearing set on redistricting proposals for Pangborn and Paramount elementary schools

Washington County Board of Education is expected to vote on the issue during its May 7 meeting

April 02, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on April 23 to hear comments about a proposal to change the school zones for Pangborn and Paramount elementary schools to provide at least temporary relief from overcrowding at Pangborn.

The school board is expected to vote on the issue during its May 7 meeting, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said during Tuesday afternoon’s board meeting.

Wilcox said he supported the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee’s redistricting recommendation.

The committee recommends redistricting multifamily units on Little Elliott Drive from Pangborn Elementary to Paramount Elementary, including the following addresses — 12915, 12916, 12920, 12923, 12927, 12931, 12935, 12939, 12940, 12943 and 12944.

The committee also recommends redistricting 138 Cortland Manor townhomes and 48 villas in the Cortland development from Pangborn to Paramount.

The proposed change could move about 50 to 60 students from Pangborn to Paramount for the start of next school year.

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Even with the move, Pangborn will be over its state-rated capacity of 745 students. Without redistricting, the school was projected to have 842 students. The school has 810 students this school year.

The committee also is tasked with making recommendations for a broader redistricting to take effect with the opening of the new “West City” elementary school, which is expected in August 2016.

Board member Donna Brightman asked if there was a way the broader redistricting could avoid involving the homes that would be affected if the board approves the committee’s Pangborn redistricting proposal.

Committee Chairman Bert Iseminger said if enrollment projections occur as expected, that might be possible, but there are no guarantees.

The school board voted unanimously to extend the deadline to May 21 for the board to vote on redistricting to help Pangborn. Wilcox asked for the extension because policy calls for the decision to be made before the end of April.

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