Board to vote today on school redistricting


Anne Arundel County school board members are edging closer to a decision on redistricting.

The issue is the final item on the board's agenda up for a vote today. But if members amend the plan, they'll have to give the public time to comment on it before the April 30 deadline.

The proposal unveiled this winter calls for moving 2,900 students to new schools.

But only four changes could take place this fall because other moves depend on the completion of various construction projects.

Redistricting moves that could occur in the fall are:

* Four Seasons Elementary students would attend Arundel Middle School.

* South Shore Elementary students would be moved from the Old Mill High School feeder system to the Annapolis feeder system.

* Manhattan Beach area students would attend Severn Park Middle School.

* Students in the Fox Chase development would move to Oakwood Elementary School.

But at a workshop last week, board members asked the Board of Education staff to prepare at least two amendments: One would leave South Shore in the Old Mill feeder system and the other would have students at Fox Chase move to Rippling Woods Elementary School.

If the plan is amended, the public would get a chance to comment on the revisions at 7 p.m. April 10 at the school system's headquarters on Riva Road in Annapolis.

For any changes to take place this fall, the board must approve a redistricting plan by April 30.

The Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs opposes the redistricting plan. PTA leaders say there is no money in this year's proposed $35.7 million capital budget to pay for construction needed to make the plan work.

At today's meeting the board also is scheduled to hear for the first time Superintendent Carol S. Parham's proposed policy on assault and weapons violations by school employees. The board is to vote today on similar policies affecting students.

"These policies are designed to send a message to the community, that a certain standard of conduct is expected with respect to assaults and weapons -- a standard that would apply to the school community as a whole," said B. Darren Burns, Dr. Parham's staff lawyer.

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