Arundel panel votes to send some Central pupils elsewhere

An Anne Arundel County Schools committee voted Tuesday night to move pupils from several communities in Riva to Mayo and Davidsonville elementary schools to ease crowding at Edgewater's Central Elementary School.

Under the proposed plan, Central students from the Waterford, Annapolis Landing and Berkshire communities would be moved to Davidsonville Elementary. Central students living along Muddy Creek Road down to Wolfe's Reserve and south of Central Avenue from Muddy Creek Road to the Mayo boundary would move to Mayo Elementary.

The move earned mixed reaction from parents.

Kevin Burgess of Annapolis Landing had handed the committee a petition signed by more than 70 residents of Annapolis Landing and Berkshire opposing the move.

"I would imagine we will be going to the school board next," he said. "To turn in a petition with more than 70 people from the two neighborhoods that are absolutely opposed to it and they unanimously vote [in favor of the move] just doesn't make sense."

Colleen O'Keefe of Riva said her children, not yet school age, would have gone to Central before this plan. Under the proposal, they would go to Davidsonville.

O'Keefe, who supports the plan, said, "I really sympathize with those parents who will be in a position to move those children. But the committee is supposed to look at the interest of all the children, not just individuals."

The panel of representatives from the three schools selected this move from four proposals they studied over the past month. The group will submit its recommendation to schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who will make his proposal to the county school board. Public hearings will take place in February or March.

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