Pupils from 4 schools shifting to fill new elementary


Students from four elementaries in north central Baltimore County will change schools next year to fill the new Jacksonville Elementary School on Jarrettsville Pike.

According to a redistricting proposal presented to the school board last week, 186 students from Carroll Manor, 181 from Sparks, 196 from Warren and 20 from Pot Spring elementary schools would move to Jacksonville, easing crowding at those schools.

The boundaries would take in the northwestern part of the Carroll Manor district, the northeastern part of the Warren district beyond the Loch Raven watershed and the eastern and southern parts of the Sparks district, including Loveton Farms and The Highlands at Hunt Valley, school officials said.

The 20 Pot Spring students would come from a development wedged between the Warren and Sparks districts. Maps and explanations of the changes are available at all of the affected schools and will be distributed at community hearings on the boundary changes.

In addition to the Jacksonville changes, nearly 100 Pot Spring students living within the walking boundaries of Warren would move there. Another 44 youngsters would go from Pot Spring to Padonia Elementary School, one of the few central area schools that is under-enrolled. Pot Spring in Timonium is severely crowded with 733 students this year; its capacity is 558, according to school system figures.

The new Jacksonville school will have room for more than 750 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. It will open with about 580, according to the plan devised by Superintendent Stuart Berger's staff.

But that plan may be revised several times before the board approves it in February.

Principals, PTA officials and parents will discuss the boundary changes Dec. 9 at a 7 p.m. meeting at Cockeysville Middle School. The building committee will also hold a general community meeting Jan. 5 at Dulaney High School and the board will hold a public hearing late in January.

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