AA school board to vote on redistricting

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County will vote on which redistricting options regarding Crofton-area schools to take to a public hearing at its next meeting.

The next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, will be held in the board room at the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The recommendation presented to the board in December by Superintendent Kevin Maxwell is identical to that arrived at by a community panel made up of parents and community members that studied the options
available to reduce overcrowding to the extent possible at Nantucket Elementary School.

It calls for:

● redistricting from Crofton Meadows Elementary, Arundel Middle, and
Arundel High to Nantucket Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel High
those students who will live in the proposed community of Wilson's Grove,
also known as The Enclave at Reidel Pond.

● redistricting from Nantucket Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel
High to Crofton Meadows Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel High those
students who live in the areas of Chelmsford Drive, Johns Hopkins Drive, and
associated streets.

● redistricting from Crofton Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel
High to Crofton Meadows Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel High thosetudents who will live in the currently undeveloped areas south of Chelmsford Drive and east of
Underwood Road.

These recommendations would take effect in August 2014.

In addition, Dr. Maxwell is recommending redistricting students in the area of Walden Drive
and associated streets from Nantucket Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel High to Crofton
Elementary, Crofton Middle, and Arundel High. This recommendation would take effect in August
2015, following the completion of renovations to Crofton Elementary.

The Board has the ability to add alternative options to consider at a public hearing. The date of
the hearing has not yet been set but under board policy, a redistricting plan must be adopted by April
30, 2013.

At Wednesday's meeting, the board will also hear an update on the Community Engagement
goal in the 2007-2012 Strategic Plan. The goal was designed to ensure that students are educated in
schools that are family-friendly, welcoming environments, and that AACPS eliminates disparities in
parent and community representation and participation in traditional and non-traditional school community activities.

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