Harford County parents had the weekend to pore over the updated elementary school redistricting plan the Harford County Public Schools released Friday afternoon. The changes pleased some parents who discovered that the Superintendent’s Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) had considered the suggestions they’d submitted and made a number of changes they’d requested, such as returning many of the previous redistricted students back to their North Bend, Dublin and Darlington elementary schools. Other adjustments can be seen at http://www.hcps.org/publicinformation/redistricting/Revised_Map.pdf. (Click here to read The Aegis’ story on the redistricting update.)
But parents whose suggestions weren’t addressed, plan to head back to the public hearings that start again Wednesday, Jan. 19 in both the Bel Air and Fallston High School auditoriums. They will make their case to the committee charged with devising a redistricting plan that must be in place by March 1 in order for it to go into effect in the coming school year.
Meredith Parkinson, who started the STOP Fallston Redistricting Facebook group, would prefer STAC leave the Youth’s Benefit attendance area alone. But, if it must be changed, she drove the bus routes and communicated with other parents on Facebook to come up with a plan she believes is better than STAC’s and has submitted it to the committee. She offers four different options, two of which would send some students to Abingdon Elementary. Click here to see her plan on Facebook.
In her letter to STAC, she writes:
“I am writing to you regarding the YBES school district. I wish to state that I still hold the belief that this district should be undisturbed, and that the definition of “overcrowding” does not apply here – test scores and thriving students speak nothing but a tribute to the schools’ glowing success. If, however, redistricting of YBES will move forward, I wish to submit my alternative plan. I have driven the bus routes in Fallston, and mapped out my alternatives in the document attached. I will present it at the meeting next Wednesday at Fallston High School … I have suggested four tiers of redistricting, each more intense then the last.”
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 email@example.com and there are a number of 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.
Here are the changes to the redistricting plan (as of Jan. 14) as summarized in a “map legend” that appears at the bottom of the map at http://www.hcps.org/publicinformation/redistricting/Revised_Map.pdf:
Click here to read previous BANV articles on the Harford County Public Schools Elementary redistricting plan.