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Arundel school board OKs redistricting

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has approved plans to redistrict students in two communities to different schools in the northern part of the county.

Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell had proposed three plans last year for the redistricting of schools in Glen Burnie and Severn to alleviate crowding and to plan for an influx of students because of planned development.

The changes unanimously approved by the board will send about 70 students from the Fox Chase community in Glen Burnie who currently attend Rippling Woods Elementary School to Southgate Elementary, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Students in the fifth grade in the fall of 2011 will have the option of continuing to attend Rippling Woods.

The changes were made with the aim of alleviating overcrowding at Rippling Woods and using new space being created at Southgate, the site of a continuing construction project, according to school officials. Construction at Southgate will increase capacity from 479 students to 656.

The second recommendation redistricts Section A of the proposed 380-home subdivision of Tanyard Springs in Glen Burnie from Solley Elementary, George Fox Middle and Northeast High to Marley Elementary, Marley Middle and Glen Burnie High, beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. Section A borders Solley Road and Heritage Crossing.

According to school officials, the subdivision would bring in an additional 69 elementary-school students, 34 middle-schoolers and 42 high school students.

A third plan, which would have redistricted students from a proposed 119-home subdivision called Coldwater Reserve in Severn, was rejected. Students there who attend Ridgeway Elementary, Old Mill South Middle and Old Mill High would have been sent instead to Quarterfield Elementary, Corkran Middle and Glen Burnie High.

But because Ridgeway Elementary is set to receive a six-classroom addition, which will create more space, the redistricting proved unnecessary. The measure failed unanimously.

"We're getting an addition at Ridgeway, so there's no need," said board member Eugene Peterson. "I'm convinced now that this will have no negative impact on the kids."


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