Harford County Public Schools elementary redistricting public hearings are scheduled for tonight and tomorrow

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Don’t forget, if you have concerns about the Harford County Public Schools elementary redistricting plans, tonight is one of the nights you can express your views at a public hearing. Two hearings will take place simultaneously from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Bel Air and Fallston High School auditoriums. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Comment cards will be available at the door and must be filled out prior to the start of the meeting in order to speak.

Parents from Forest Hill and Fallston have been organizing and preparing to share their concerns since the latest update to the draft redistricting map was released Friday afternoon. (Click here to see the latest draft of the redistricting map.) A group of Forest Hill Elementary School students’ parents were surprised to learn their children, which had been unaffected in the initial plan, would be sent to Forest Lakes Elementary in the revised draft. They expect to have about 50 parents turn out for tonight’s public hearing. Some parents of Youth’s Benefit Elementary School students in Fallston were disappointed that the draft plan did not stop the transfer of their children to Jarrettsville Elementary. One parent came up with a new plan of her own that she was going to submit to the Superintendent’s Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). Her plan would send some students on the southeastern end of the area to Abingdon Elementary. (Click here to read about her plan.)

The school district stresses that the redistricting plan is still a work in progress and STAC will continue to review parent suggestions, which it posts on a matrix that can be found at http://www.hcps.org/publicinformation/redistricting/SUBMITTED_PROPOSAL_REVIEW_MATRIX.pdf.

Parents can submit their suggestions to elementaryredistricting@hcps.org.

Here’s the public hearings on the redistricting process scheduled in the coming weeks:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – Public Hearing — Bel Air High School and Fallston High School auditoriums

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – Public Hearing — Edgewood High School and North Harford High School auditoriums

Monday, January 31, 2011 – Public Hearing — Havre de Grace High School auditorium (rescheduled meeting from January 12th)

Monday, February 7, 2011 – A.A. Roberty Building Board Room – Board Work Session Plan Modifications Presentation – no public comment accepted at this meeting

Monday, February 14, 2011 – A.A. Roberty Building Board Room – Final Public Hearing – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, February 28, 2011 – A.A. Roberty Building Board Room – Board Decision on Elementary Redistricting Plan – 6:30 p.m.

Click here to read previous BANV articles on the Harford County Public Schools Elementary redistricting plan.