Redistricting Rolling News

Summary of November 15th, BOE Vote on Redistricting.

posted Nov 25, 2012, 5:44 PM by General PTA Address

Move approval of BOE 10 modified.

Motion by Brian J Meshkin, second by Cynthia L Vaillancourt.
Final Resolution: Motion Fails
Yea: Ellen Flynn Giles, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Nay: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui
Move approval of plan BOE 9.

Motion by Frank J Aquino, second by Janet N Siddiqui.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet N Siddiqui
Nay: Brian J Meshkin, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 33, 35, 1033, 1035, 2035, 4035 - Move that Bellows Spring ES send to New Elementary School #41 and New Elementary School #41 receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the south and west sides of Port Capital Dr. between Old Waterloo Rd. and Washington Blvd – Rt. 1 and all streets with egress to those sides of Port Capital Dr.; Capital Dr. and streets with direct egress to Capital Dr.; Society Hill Ln., Cedar Grove Ln., Little Cove Farm, Bluff Point Ln.; the south side of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 between Port Capital Dr. and Maryland 100 and all streets with egress to that section of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1; Dorsey Rd. between Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 and the Anne Arundel County line and all streets with direct egress to that section of Dorsey Rd.; Elm Ave., Cherry Ave., Little Brook Ct.; Dorsey Run Rd. between Rt. 103 and Montevideo Rd. and all streets that egress to that section of Dorsey Run Rd.; Montevideo Rd. between Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 and the Anne Arundel County line and all streets with direct egress to that section of Montevideo Rd.

Motion by Sandra H French, second by Frank J Aquino.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygon 84 - Move that Bellows Spring ES send to Ilchester ES and Ilchester ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the west side of Rt. 103 between Hunting Horn Dr. and Rockburn Dr.; Hunting Horn Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Hunting Horn Dr.; Fetlock Ct.

Motion by Frank J Aquino, second by Cynthia L Vaillancourt.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygon 76 - Move that Bellows Spring ES send to Waterloo ES and Waterloo ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the east side of Waterloo Rd. – Rt. 108 between Falls Run Rd. and 430 feet south of Montgomery Run Rd.; Falls Run Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Falls Run Rd.; Montgomery Run Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Montgomery Run Rd.

Motion by Brian J Meshkin, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 32, 1032 - Move that Deep Run ES send to Rockburn ES and Rockburn ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the west side of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 between Waterloo Rd. – Rt. 100 and 1,100 feet south of Patuxent Range Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1; Lincoln Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Lincoln Dr.; Wye Ave. and all streets with direct egress to Wye Ave.; Mission Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Mission Rd.; Pleasant Chase Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Pleasant Chase Rd.; Mission Hill Pl. and all streets with direct egress to Mission Hill Pl.

Motion by Ellen Flynn Giles, second by Janet N Siddiqui.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 1036, 2043 - Move move that Elkridge ES send to New Elementary School #41 and New Elementary School #41 receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the west side of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 between Hunt Club Rd. and Ducketts Ln. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1; Ambermans Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Ambermans Rd.; the east side of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 between Ducketts Ln. and Rt. 100 and all streets with direct egress to that section of Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1; Selnick Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Selnick Dr.; Tasker Falls and all streets with direct egress to Tasker Falls; Thomas Stone and all streets with direct egress to Thomas Stone; Alexander Lawson; San Tomas Rd. and all streets with direct egress to San Tomas Rd.; Santa Barbara Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Santa Barbara Rd.; Coca Cola Dr. between the Anne Arundel County line and High Tech Dr. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Coca Cola Dr. including the Oxford Square subdivision; High Tech Dr. between Coca Cola Dr. and Hanover Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of High Tech Dr.

Motion by Cynthia L Vaillancourt, second by Frank J Aquino.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygon 72 - Move that Hollifield Station ES send to St. Johns Lane ES and St. Johns Lane ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the south side of Sonia Trail; North Ridge Rd. between 100 feet south of Town and Country Blvd. and 75 feet north of Carls Ct. and all streets with direct egress to that section of North Ridge Rd.; the south side of Springs Dr. West between Sonia Trail and its eastern terminus and all streets with direct egress to Springs Dr. West.

Motion by Allen Dyer, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Nay: Brian J Meshkin
Polygons 67, 311, 1067 - Move that Phelps Luck ES send to Thunder Hill ES and Thunder Hill ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the north side of Centre Park Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Centre Park Dr.; Columbia 100 Pkwy. and all streets with direct egress to Columbia 100 Pwky.; Executive Park Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Executive Park Dr.; Carson Ct., Teal Wing Ct., High Hawk Ct.; the north side of Old Annapolis Rd. between Centre Park Dr. and 325 feet east of Bendix Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Old Annapolis Rd.; Red Branch Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Red Branch Rd.; Rumsey Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Rumsey Rd.

Motion by Janet N Siddiqui, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet N Siddiqui
Nay: Brian J Meshkin, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 37, 1037, 2037 - Move that Rockburn ES send to New Elementary School #41 and New Elementary School #41 receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the west side of Washington Blvd – Rt. 1 between Ducketts Ln. and Maryland 100 and all streets with direct egress to that section of Washington Blvd – Rt. 1; Ducketts Ln. and all streets with direct egress to Ducketts Ln. including the Marble Hill Subdivision on the west side of Ducketts Ln.; Karas Walk and all streets with direct egress to Karas Walk; Bauman Dr. between Ducketts Ln. and Hunt Club Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Bauman Dr.; Troy Hill Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Troy Hill Dr.

Motion by Sandra H French, second by Frank J Aquino.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 160, 162, 1160, 1162, 2161 - Move that St. Johns Lane ES send to Waverly ES and Waverly ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the north side of Old Frederick Rd between Old St. Johns Ln. and Old Mill Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Old Frederick Rd.; Weatherstone Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Weatherstone Dr.; Liter Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Liter Dr.; Old Mill Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Old Mill Rd.; Isabelles Way and all streets with direct egress to Isabelles Way; Diversified Ln. and all streets with direct egress to Diversified Ln.; Ballard Way and all streets with direct egress to Ballard Way; Gudel Dr. west of McKenzie Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Gudel Dr.; Starling Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Starling Rd.; McKenzie Rd. north of Gudel Dr. and all streets with direct egress to that section of McKenzie Rd.; Thornbrook Rd. between Ashbrook Dr. and Greenhaven Ct. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Thornbrook Rd.; Greenhaven Ct., Ridge Tree Ct.

Motion by Frank J Aquino, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Nay: Brian J Meshkin
Polygon 96 - Move that Talbott Springs ES send to Stevens Forest ES and Stevens Forest ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to Stevens Forest Rd. between Basket Ring Dr. and White Acre Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Stevens Forest Rd.; the west side of Basket Ring Dr. between White Acre Rd. and Stevens Forest Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that side of Basket Ring Dr.; the north side of White Acre Rd. between Basket Ring Dr. and Stevens Forest Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that side of White Acre Rd.

Motion by Brian J Meshkin, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 148, 276, 1148, 2148 - Move that Thunder Hill ES send to Northfield ES and Northfield ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the west side of Columbia Rd. between Clarksville Pike and Old Annapolis Rd. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Columbia Rd.; the east side of Columbia Rd. between Old Annapolis Rd. and 425 feet south of Keenan Dr. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Columbia Rd.; Dorsey Hall Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Dorsey Hall Dr.; Old Annapolis Rd. between Columbia Rd. and its eastern terminus and all streets with direct egress to that section of Old Annapolis Rd.; Hallowed Stream and all streets with direct egress to Hallowed Stream; Broken Lute Way, Maydew Mews Way; Yarmouth Ct. and all streets with direct egress to Yarmouth Ct.; Liverpool Ln. and all streets with direct egress to Liverpool Ln.

Motion by Ellen Flynn Giles, second by Frank J Aquino.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet N Siddiqui
Nay: Brian J Meshkin, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 106, 1106 - Move that Veterans ES send to St. Johns Lane ES and St. Johns Lane ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the north side of Baltimore National Pike between North Ridge Rd. and Rogers Ave. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Baltimore National Pike; North Ridge Rd. between Baltimore National Pike and Carls Ct. and all streets with direct egress to that section of North Ridge Rd.; Executive Center Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Executive Center Rd.; Kaiser Dr. and all streets with direct egress to Kaiser Dr.; Hollow Ct.; Hamlet Ct. and all streets that egress to Hamlet Ct.

Motion by Allen Dyer, second by Janet N Siddiqui.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Nay: Brian J Meshkin
Polygon 1075 - Move that Waterloo ES send to Jeffers Hill ES and Jeffers Hill ES receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the west side of Snowden River Pkwy. between Tamar Dr. and 500 feet north of April Brook Cir. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Snowden River Pkwy.; Deep Earth Ln. and all streets with direct egress to Deep Earth Ln.; Millrace Ct. and all streets with direct egress to Millrace Ct.

Motion by Janet N Siddiqui, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt
Polygons 266, 1266 - Move that Waterloo ES send to New Elementary School #41 and New Elementary School #41 receive those students in Grades K-5 and future students who reside at properties with access to the north side of Port Capital Dr. between Old Waterloo Rd. and Capital Drive and all streets with direct egress to Port Capital Dr.; Maiden Point Pl. and all streets with direct egress to Maiden Point Pl.; Deep Falls Way and all streets with direct egress to Deep Falls Way; the east side of Old Waterloo Rd. between Port Capital Dr. and Maidstone Pl. and all streets with direct egress to that section of Old Waterloo Rd.; the east side of Port Capital Dr. between Washington Blvd. – Rt. 1 and Harbor Dr. and all streets with direct egress to that portion of Port Capital Dr.; Water Oak Rd. and all streets with direct egress to Water Oak Rd.

Motion by Frank J Aquino, second by Ellen Flynn Giles.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Sandra H French, Frank J Aquino, Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Brian J Meshkin, Janet N Siddiqui, Cynthia L Vaillancourt

October 30st 1st BOE Work Session Summary-updated

posted Nov 13, 2012, 2:09 PM by General PTA Address   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 2:10 PM ]

Hi all,
The work session originally scheduled for the 30th, was canceled and moved to the 31st due to Hurricane Sandy.  The meeting was held at 1:00pm, which I could not attend due to being at my day job.  I am including a link to the video:  http://hcpsstv.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=910
 
and the two plans that came out of that meeting.  They do not change the plan for TSES as described in the Superintendent's plan. 
 
 

Summary of BOE Work Session #3, 11-8-12

posted Nov 13, 2012, 10:03 AM by General PTA Address   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 10:07 AM ]

This meeting was only one day after the creation of BOE #7 and or 7A.  The communities effected by this plan really rallied and sent in a lot of emails and showed up in force.  After reviewing the more complete staff reports, found under the 11-7-12 summary on this website, the board concluded the plans were not workable, and would be kept for the record, but not acted on.  As far as the TSES / SFES community goes plan #7/7A was not good.  SFES would have a capacity of around 127% after the move, and TSES would have FARM concentrated to near 60%.  Not to mention all the transporation impact of moving the 240 students from Hopewell Island and Sewell's Orchard Islands to SFES.  This would add probably 5 buses to their morning experience which seems new impossible with SFES's ultra small bus loop. 
 
the board worked on two more plans during this work session.  The first was plan 8, which took AAC plan L10, and made a series of moves to respond to citizen input.  This plan ended up moving a lot of students, at nearly 2,500 students.  The plan was shelved at the meeting to work on a lower student movement plan.
 
The next plan, BOE #9, took plan #1a, and made a few incremental movements to shore up some weaknesses in #1a.  This plan has a much lower movement count at nearly 1,800 students.  Staff was asked to give #9 a full report workup for evaluation at the next planning meeting 11-13-12.  The final vote will be taken on 11-15-12.
 

Summary of BOE Work Session #2 on 11-7-12-updated

posted Nov 7, 2012, 8:35 PM by General PTA Address   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 9:49 AM ]

The vast majority of the meeting focused on the plan scenario trials requested by the board at the 10-31-12 meeting and some logical followup plans.  These plans are listed at BOE #1 thru BOE #6 and ranged in pupal movement counts of 1,678 up to 2,039.  Each plan tried to address a specific question/concern in the Superindendents plan, and basically escalated the number of students moved as bigger issues such as non contiguous planning areas (islands) were addressed.

 

  • BOE #1 was developed to try and use more capacity at ES#41 and moved 1,755 students.  Assessment of the plan showed a mix of longevity changes versus the superintendents plan.   Plan Description and Maps Below
  • BOE #1a was a modified #1, keeping additional planning areas at Elkridge middle school and dropped the students moved to 1,678.
  • BOE #2 was trying to address issues at Rockburn and Bellows Springs and moved 1,831 students  Plan Description and Maps Below.
  • BOE#3 dealt with alternative plans to reduce crowding at Veteran’s Elementary and tried to eliminate Islands.  This plan moved 1,741 students and resulted in Hollifield Elementary school being immediately over capacity.
  • BOE #4 Was another attempt at Veteran’s and moved 2,013 students and touched a lot of polygons.
  • BOE #5 was an attempt to eliminate Islands by splitting them and moving them to different schools.  Waverly, St John’s and Hollifield were prominent in this plan that would move 1,831 students
  • BOE #6 was a domino move centered around Veteran’s attempting to help the Brampton and Wheatfield neighborhoods find a school closer to their neighborhoods.  This plan would move 2,039 students.

 

The meeting then turned into a planning session, with the board trying out different senarios to try and take into account, Islands and public feedback.  This plan named BOE #7 started with moves at Rockburn Elementary and eventually dominoed all over the county as far south as Jeffer’s Hill Elementary.  By now the meeting time was roughly 10:00pm.  Up tell now TSES was untouched as it related to the June 2012 Feasibility study which has Polygon #96 moving from TSES to Steven’s Forest Elementary (SFES).

 

At this point Ms French wanted to discuss TSES and SFES, this trial plan was named BOE #7A.  Someone on the board proposed moving the Sewell’s Orchard Island (Polys 59, 1059, 2059, and 3059) to SFES instead of Poly #96.  Farm scores increasing at SFES was cited as the main reason.  Note:  this change in percentage is estimated at 6% higher at SFES as a result of poly #96’s move.  There was discussion of walk ability and such, but the polygons listed to Sewell’s Orchard Island were moved to test the effect on the overall plan and specifically TSES and SFES.  As a reference the estimated student enrollment at TSES for 2013-2014 school year is 645 students (capacity at school is 443) for a 145.6% capacity measure.  Moving Polygon #96, which generates 160 students, would drop the enrollment at TSES to 485 students or 109% capacity on the high end of the HCPSS guideline as shown in Policy 6010 but within (90 to 110% as a trigger for redistricting).  Now, moving Sewell’s Orchard Island would drop the projected enrollment to 526 with a capacity of 119%, outside of the guidelines for redistricting and therefore not enough.  I could not catch what the effect on the FARM scores would be, but I estimate is would concentrate the FARM scores somewhat at TSES as a result. 

    Seeing that this was not enough to fix the problem at TSES it was then proposed to move the other TSES Island, Hopewell to SFES.  This would eliminate the two islands at TSES and create one island at SFES.  This plan also proved to be problematic as the Hopewell polygons are estimated to generate 109 students in 2013 and would put SFES over capacity at 119 to 123% (cannot puzzle out right number).  Most importantly this double island move would concentrate FARMS at TSES to over 58%, and increase of 12%.  

      Seeing the issues here, the staff was directed to investigate ways to split up the Sewell’s Orchard Island to bring capacity to a tolerable level at SFES and either leave the remaining polygons at TSES or move them to Jeffer’s Hill Elem.  It was 10:30pm and everyone was tired so the meeting was called.

      Tomorrow night will be an interesting night as we go thru planning session #3 and see the results of Staff’s work on BOE #7 and 7A and anything that comes out of the 10:30 directive.
 
the additional plans are posted below along with a video link if you would like to watch the whole meeting. http://hcpsstv.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=913


October 9th, Redistricting AAC Meeting Summary

posted Oct 12, 2012, 8:58 AM by General PTA Address   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 10:43 AM ]

The meeting was moderately well attended by citizens.  I counted around 45 folks in the audience.  At least one BOE member came to see how things went, and I saw at least one school board candidate.  Almost the entire original AAC committee was in attendance as well.  If you see one of them in the grocery store, make sure to thank them for their continued service.


So what are we having a meeting at all?

HCPSS Redistricting staff have been asked by Superintendent Foose to revisit the plan and make it less disruptive and student centered.  To facilitate this effort, the Area Attendance Committee was called back for a special work session on October 9th, to come up with some ideas.  After much discussion, the committe intrepreted "less disruptive" to mean move less students and so they tasked themselves with reducing the number of students moved.  The committee worked for two hours and came up with three quick plans, I think labeled A,B,C,  that minimize the number of students moved. The plans for the most part reduced the number of students moved from 2800 to 1650 or so.  Several things should be noted as these plans are reviewed.

1.  None of these plans have been vetted for any of the other conditions provided for in HCPSS Policy 6010.  HCPSS staff will put the plan summaries on the website soon.  At that time we will be able to see the impact on FARMS, MSA, Small feeds and busing.  There could be major weaknesses that were not discovered in the two hours of the meeting.
2.  The plans are very short term in their stability.  They all appeared to have less than 5 years of capacity numbers under 110%.  This will force another round of redistricting in 2016.  Note:  The original AAC L10 plan was designed to reduced the incidence rate of redistricting at the cost of moving more students now.  The new cut plans do not have this benefit.
3.  Use of western county capacity is minimized to minimize student movement.  This could open the process and results to criticism about leaving resources idle. 
4.  Most importantly, the effort the AAC put into maintain neighborhood integrity is compromised.  I suspect at least two of the plans will increase the number of Island (non contiguous attending areas) and split neighborhoods preserved in L10.

From what I could gather during the meeting there is no change in the plan for TSES, although there was some side discussion about moving two polygons out of Hopewell to Atholton Elementary, but I do not believe that made it into one of the plans.

Staff will still be reviewing public comments and will accept them at BOE@hcpss.org.  A plan will still be presented to the Board of Education on October 18th.  There will be two more public testimony opportunities on October 23rd and 25th, at 7:00pm at the Board of Education building on Route 108.  Note:  these meetings are conducted differently than the sessions up tell now and require you to register for testimony prior to the meetings.  Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes as well.  The BOE will have as many as 4 work sessions following these meetings prior to their final vote on November 15th.


I will update this entry when the plans get released and let you know what I see.  Please email pta@tsespta.org if you have questions

Special Attendance Area Committee Meeting October 9th, 7 to 9 pm

posted Oct 9, 2012, 7:50 AM by General PTA Address

Due to Recent Direction by Superintendent Foose, the Attendance Area Committee Will Have an Extra Meeting to Discuss Redistricting Plans Tonight, October 9th.

 

Recently, Dr Foose has asked HCPSS staff to "go back to the drawing board" on the redistricting plan.  HCPSS has called the Attendance Area Committee back to work with a special worksession this evening.  Please see details below.  Members of the PTA will be in attendance to see what is going on and will report back via the TSES Website:  www.tsespta.org

The HCPSS 2012 Attendance Area Committee meetings are open to the public. Elementary school redistricting is under consideration for the 2013-14 school year. Members have been appointed to provide advice and comment to the Superintendent during the planning phase regarding Capital Budget and redistricting recommendations being developed by staff.

A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2012, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Howard County citizens may attend and observe this meeting. The meeting will take place in the Board Room at the Howard County Department of Education new webpage icon, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City, MD 21042.

The BOE and staff will receive feedback via email at BOE@hcpss.org. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Bubenko at 410-313-1554.

For more information on this recent activity please see:  Baltimore Sun ABC News, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-redistricting-0913-20120913,0,7439703.story

August 28th, 2012 AAC Meeting Summary

posted Sep 8, 2012, 3:53 AM by General PTA Address

As expected the final meeting of the AAC was not ground breaking.  The group mostly worked on summarizing the activities that they had worked on this summer.  The ultimate goal was to document the areas they worked the hardest, and the guiding principles they used in coming to their decisions, ultimately for presentation to the Board of Education on October 18th.  

There were a lot of citizens present, I counted around 82 folks.  Based on the volume of feedback emails, over 307!, the citizens of Howard County are watching and listening, particularly in this regions most talked about for redistricting.  

Joel started off the meeting with a very interesting presentation.  It summarized all of the citizen feedback that had been received by category.  He also showed the AAC a series of RedGreen maps showing them how their plan fared over time. I thought is was really interesting from the view point of where is growth coming in Howard County displayed in a very visual way.   I highly recommend checking this out in the attachments below.

Finally, it was announced that Plans L10 and M9 are going to be the final recommendation for the AAC to the BOE.  Copies of these plans can be found in the August 14th meeting summary.

Summer meetings are now over!!!  Now we start the fall meetings.  Please find a summary of those meetings below.  The 11th and 12th are really important meetings as they are opportunities for you, the citizen, to directly address your concerns in public testimony.  Attend if you can!!



DateAgenda ItemLocationTime
Sept. 11
Draft Redistricting Plan Presentation*
7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12
Draft Redistricting Plan Presentation*
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18
Presentation of Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
7:30 p.m.
Please note that some of the following dates have changed.
Oct. 23
Public Hearing 1
7:00 p.m.
Oct. 25
Public Hearing 2
7:00 p.m.
Oct. 30
BOE Work Session 1
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7
BOE Work Session 2
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
BOE Work Session 3
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13
BOE Work Session 4
7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15
Approval of Attendance Area Adjustment Plan
7:30 p.m.

August 14, 2012 AAC Meeting Summary

posted Aug 15, 2012, 9:51 AM by General PTA Address   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 3:55 AM ]

Well if this meeting is any indication, folks are really getting interested in redistricting.  I counted at least 83 citizens at this meeting.  

The meeting started off reviewing plan L7 (elementary) and M7 (middle).  The committee made several changes to L7 in a couple rounds and I believe the night ended off on plan L10.  Staff will integrate the changes for L10 and produce a new report as soon as possible.  Plan M7 was also played around with.  There were so many changes here that I could not follow what actually changed, as the committee tried out different senarios, reversed themselves when they didn't pan out.  I believe the night ended on plan M9 or M10.  I do know that something in M10 caused a change in the Elementary plan so maybe we will really be seeing L11.  I won't know for sure until the meeting notes and draft plans come out.  

For TSES specifically, there was no change to the current plan of moving polygon 96 to Steven's Forest.  

Important dates to remember
There is no redistricting meeting next week.  The final summer meeting will be on the 28th.  This meeting will show the results of the middle school plan, and focus on written descriptions on pros and cons of the AAC meeting for the presentation to the BOE.

1.  September 11, public hearing on plans at Howard High School
2.  September 12, public hearing on plans at Centennial High School
The format for meetings 1 and 2 will be to start the night with a short presentation from Joel on the process and then a description of the plans.  I suspect/estimate that this will be the original staff plan and L10 or L11 from this meeting, with middle school plan merged in.  Then it is open Mike.  Anyone can come up and express their feelings on the plan or plans, process or anything.

There will be three more public hearings in October.  Oct 18 is when the final staff plan will be presented to the board.  October 25th will be a BOE worksession and Oct 30th will be another public hearing.

Well, that's all I have for now.  I will update the attachments as soon as they become available.  Look back here for another posting in two weeks.
Al

August 7, 2012 AAC Meeting

posted Aug 10, 2012, 10:08 AM by General PTA Address   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 3:55 AM ]

Hi all,
This meeting was very well attended.  I counted close to 60 citizens at the meeting.  The majority seemed to have shown up to highlight their displeasure at changes made in the Ellicott City Planning Areas.  Over 100 pages of correspondence were received since the last meeting and most of them from Ellicott City.  
The committee entertained a guest speaker.  The gentleman, David Ramsey, was from the transportation division of Howard County Schools.  He was there to help answer committee questions on how transportation issues should effect the plan.  

Interesting Facts
1.  there are 315 large buses in the HC fleet that transport 40,000 kids
2.  and 121 smaller buses (mostly special education) transporting 18,000 kids.
3.  These buses put on an astounding 30,000 miles per school day.  17,000 for the regular buses and 13,000 for the smaller buses.
4.  this means that the buses put on 5.5 million miles during a school year consuming 3/4 million gallons of gasoline. Whew!!
5.  Buses are rated for 64 persons, however for high school the number is reduced to 44.
6.  Walking limits for High School is 1.5 miles, middle is 1 miles and elementary is 1 miles.  Distance is calculated from property line of residence to property line of school, except for elementary school which is the nearest entrance of the school instead of the property line
7.  all but one of the crossing guards, employed by the police department, are located at elementary schools.  The one not at an elementary school is at Hammond High School.
8.  Max bus ride lenght target is 1 hour.
9.  Minimum of two trips per bus, as high as 4 trips per bus, thus the staggered bell times.
 
Okay back to attendance planning.  There was a little bit of conversation about Talbott Springs.  the idea was to move polygon 63 from TSES to Jeffers Hill (I think) but the polygon is currently a walk polygon and would have to be moved to a bussed polygon.  After the transporation conversation at the beginning of the meeting, this was immediately dismissed.  Plan L5, L6 and L7 are the take aways from this meeting.  With L7 being the leading contender for the committee's recommendation.  Plan M1, was started which deals with the middle school chunk.
 
That's all for now.  Two more AAC meetings to go and then it goes back to Staff for the final Staff plan, public hearings and then board vote.  Keep checking back here for updates as the Summer Draws to a Close.
 

July 31 2012 AAC Meeting Summary

posted Aug 4, 2012, 1:13 PM by General PTA Address   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 3:56 AM ]

The meeting was the lightest in attendance in some time.   We had maybe 30 citizens in attendance.  The meeting started off with analysis of plans L1-L3.  Staff presented reports on Capacity, FARMS, MSA’s and small feeds.  The staff analyzed plans L1 through L3 and made some minor tweaks mostly to small feeds. The meeting then was designed to focus more on middle school alignment. The committee chose instead to focus more on Western County redistricting including pulling up redistricting plans for the 2016 school year, this allowed the committee to continue with scenario planning and testing. Plans L2 L3 both move around 2,744 students. This is in contrast to 2,866 proposed in the June 2012 feasibility study.  L2 tended to move students to Swansfield Elementary from North and West, while plan L3 tended to move students to Swansfield Elementary from South and West.  The committee continued with much tweaking to the Ellicott City region and Swansfield particularly.  Feeds to Clarksville were affected in this scenario building. 

 As a result, plan L5 was created combining the best elements from L2 in session tweak and L6 came from L3, L2 and in session tweaks. There was much discussion about the FARMs impact in these plans with Swansfield having an increase in FARMS as a result.  There was also discussion about crossing guards and the effect that has on budgeting or lack thereof. Talbott Springs was not discussed at the meeting until nearly the end.

For a little history, in 1992 the redistricting plan tried to get rid of the Hopewell Island at Talbott Springs and move it to Stevens Forest, but was unsuccessful.  The committee is starting to get curious about islands, particularly in our region, which serve Talbott Springs elementary school.  Staff did emphasize that the movement of polygon 96 in the Talbott Springs Elementary school region left polygon 96 as a walker to both Talbott Springs and Steven’s Forest.

That is about all I have to report from this meeting, thanks and have a great week.  Letters in support or against a plan are taken very seriously and your voice will be heard!  You may not get what you desire, but the committee and staff are listening.

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