Bel Air’s Red Pump Elementary School is to open August 2011, according to a story in yesterday’s Aegis. This new school, which earlier stories estimated would hold 696 students, is expected to ease overcrowding at area elementary schools including Prospect Mill, Emmorton Elementary and Forest Lakes. To even out enrollment, the district is working on a redistricting plan that is scheduled to be complete by March 1, 2011, the story says. The plan could call for the closing of some existing schools. If you look at the district’s elementary enrollment projections, you can see that while some schools are significantly overcrowded, others are below capacity. The redistricting and the opening of Red Pump Elementary School are designed to coincide with the military’s plans to have the influx of BRAC jobs implemented as of September 2011. To see what the district is considering in the redistricting, click here. They include such things as a 45-minute limit on children’s bus rides, attempting to keep entire housing developments headed to the same schools and using major roads as dividing lines. For more information on the redistricting plans, check out the Elementary Redistricting page on the district’s website at http://www.hcps.org/BOE/Default.aspx?tab=5#seeking.