Committee submits redistricting plan for new Crofton High School

Lauren Lumpkin
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The committee tasked with determining which students should attend the new Crofton High School submitted its recommendation this week.

The new school is slated to open in 2020. The committee — comprised of 18 community members who represent the nine schools affected by the redistricting effort — submitted its recommendation Monday. It came up with eight different options.

These are the main takeaways from their recommendation:

  • Redistrict the attendance zones for Nantucket, Crofton Meadows and Crofton elementary schools to Crofton High at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year
  • Redistrict students in the Riverwalk at Crofton community to Crofton Woods Elementary and South River High schools beginning the 2019-20 school year and to Crofton Middle and Crofton High schools the following school year
  • Move South River High School students in the Crofton Meadows and Crofton Woods elementary school areas to Crofton High School in the 2020-21 school year
  • Redistricted Arundel and South River high school students will be phased in at Crofton High School by grade level. Ninth- and tenth-grade students will attend the new school the 2020-21 school year. By the 2022-23 school year, students in grades 9 through 12 affected by new district lines will attend Crofton High

The redistricting committee met five times during a five-week period. Jonathan Boniface, a member of the committee and longtime Crofton High School advocate, said he was pleased the recommendation included the Nantucket community.

Nantucket has a history of being redistricted out of Crofton-area schools.

“I’m extremely happy that the recommendation the redistricting committee put forth includes the Nantucket neighborhood,” said Jonathan Boniface, a member of the committee and longtime Crofton High School advocate. “They are a part of Crofton and they should go to Crofton High School.”

The committee also recommended the school system redistrict Crofton Elementary and Crofton Middle school students in the Two Rivers/Forks of Patuxent and Waugh Chapel areas temporarily to Piney Orchard Elementary and Arundel Middle schools starting the 2019 school year. As part of the recommendation, the arrangement will be in effect until the West County Elementary School opens.

The recommendation will go to schools Superintendent George Arlotto. He can submit it to the school board, create his own recommendation or combine the two, said Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesperson.

Arlotto will make a recommendation to the school board by its first meeting in December. The board will then have until Apr. 30 to adopt a proposal.

The committee also recommended AACPS consider expanding Arundel Middle and Crofton High schools to curb crowding.

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