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Crofton Schools Shuffle Boundaries

If you use the School Locator on my website, you’ll only get part of the story. 

Today’s school assignments may or may not be an accurate reflection of which Crofton-area school your child will attend in 2008–2009.  With construction of a new elementary school on Nantucket Road (now referred to as Gambrills Elementary, although the school is actually located in Crofton), you can expect to see shuffling in some school boundaries next year. 

 

Redistricting is a lengthy process that takes into account many factors including overcrowding in existing schools, neighborhood boundaries, and assignments for middle and high schools.  While a final decision will not be made until Spring, a Redistricting Committee of parents with children in the affected schools voted earlier this week to approve this plan for recommendation to the School Superintendent:  

Woman teaching 000003999764Other changes to neighboring schools:

This redistricting puts Crofton Middle just over 100 percent capacity, which means that new housing developments cannot be built anywhere inside the boundary lines of the middle school or any of the elementary schools that feed into it, unless the developments are exclusively for people who are 55 or older.  This will not please area developers and builders who hope to benefit from the 22,000 new jobs anticipated in this area due to BRAC 2005. 

 

The next step in the process, after the committee’s recommendation is reviewed by the Superintendent, will be for the Superintendent to make a recommendation to the School Board, at or before the December 5 School Board meeting.  The Superintendent’s recommendation may be the committee’s plan, a revised version of the committee’s plan, or an entirely different plan. 

Board of EducationThen, at the January Board of Education meeting, the Board will vote on the Superintendent’s recommendation and may accept or modify it. or even make an entirely different proposal.  The Board will hold briefings throughout February to explain the proposal to citizens in the affected areas, and a hearing will be held to accept public testimony about the plan.  The Board will vote and, if the recommendation on the table is not accepted, the proposal, briefing and hearing processes will be repeated, with a final vote by the Board of Education in April.

Over the years, since we moved to Crofton in the 70’s, there have been other school boundary changes – some more controversial than others.  Frankly, all the schools in this area are excellent, and there isn’t any public school in the Crofton area where I would hesitate to send my children or grandchildren. 

For more information about this re-districting, contact Chuck Yocum, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Specialist in Demographic Planning (410-439-5695). 

Copyright 2007.  All rights reserved.  Margaret Woda

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