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Balto Co. school board to delay Mays Chapel redistricting vote

The Baltimore County Board of Education will delay next month’s vote on the Mays Chapel redistricting plan in order to receive a formal presentation on another option, President Lawrence Schmidt said Tuesday.

Schmidt said at the beginning of the board’s meeting that they will go ahead with the public hearing on redistricting for the new Mays Chapel Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Loch Raven High.

But instead of voting on March 11, when the vote was originally scheduled, the board will instead receive a formal public presentation on Option A1 that day. The vote will instead be held Tuesday, March 25.

Presently, only one option — Option B1 — has been presented to the board. A redistricting committee was formed of parents, staff, and principals of 10 York Road corridor elementary schools in October, and developed over a dozen different drafts of boundary maps before they voted on a final set of options at the committee’s Jan. 6 meeting.

In the final vote between Options A1 and B1, Option B1, which takes students from both sides of York Road for Mays Chapel Elementary and leaves Hampton and Riderwood untouched, won by one vote.

At the time, the committee was told that though the school board could change the plans going forward, both of their options were going to be heard by the board. However, just one has been presented so far.

Since the committee forwarded its recommendation, parents from Pot Spring Elementary and Pinewood Elementary have testified before the board multiple times and asked for both options to be heard by the Board of Education.

Mays Chapel Elementary is a 700-seat school in Timonium that will open in August 2015 to alleviate elementary school overcrowding in the York Road corridor.

The public hearing on the results of the Mays Chapel boundary committee will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave. in Towson. If the event is postponed due to inclement weather, it will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Rd. in Towson.

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