School board to hold el­e­men­tary school re­dis­trict­ing in­for­ma­tion meet­ing

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The Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will hold its first el­e­men­tary school re­dis­trict­ing meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. Mon­day, Oct. 24, at Westlake High School in Wal­dorf to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the process to de­velop new el­e­men­tary school at­ten­dance zones. Staff mem­bers will ex­plain the re­dis­trict­ing time­line, com­mit­tee selection process, how al­ter­na­tives will be de­vel­oped and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity in­put. A ques­tion/an­swer pe­riod will fol­low the pre­sen­ta­tion.

The com­mit­tee has not yet de­vel­oped al­ter­na­tives or pro­pos­als. Com­mit­tee work be­gins fol­low­ing the Oct. 24 pub­lic meet­ing.

The re­dis­trict­ing com­mit­tee’s task is to de­velop and eval­u­ate po­ten­tial el­e­men­tary school at­ten­dance zones for con­sid­er­a­tion by the su­per­in­ten­dent of schools and the board of ed­u­ca­tion. The el­e­men­tary school re­dis­trict­ing com­mit­tee, which will be se­lected at ran­dom at the board’s Oct. 18 meet­ing, may take as long as five months to de­velop pro­pos­als. The board of ed­u­ca­tion, through pol­icy, re­quires the com­mit­tee to sub­mit two dif­fer­ent pro­pos­als. Pub­lic hear­ings on the com­mit­tee’s pro­pos­als will be held in the spring.

Ele­men­tar y school re­dis­trict­ing will cre­ate an at­ten­dance zone for a new el­e­men­tary school sched­uled to open at the be­gin­ning of the 2018-19 school year. Ad­di­tion­ally, it will ex­pand the Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd El­e­men­tary School at­ten­dance zone and bal­ance stu­dent en­roll­ment as needed at all other el­e­men­tary schools. Dr. Mudd is sched­uled to un­dergo a com­plete ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion, start­ing next school year.

Staff reg­u­larly posts in­for­ma­tion about the re­dis­trict­ing on the school sys­tem’s web­site, www.­dis­trict­ing.

Start­ing in Novem­ber, the re­dis­trict­ing com­mit­tee will meet weekly at the Jesse L. Starkey Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in La Plata for as long as it takes to de­velop two dif­fer­ent pro­pos­als for the el­e­men­tary school re­dis­trict­ing. Dates and times for meet­ings will be de­ter­mined after the Oct. 24 pub­lic in­for­ma­tion meet­ing.

The com­mit­tee’s two pro­pos­als will be pre­sented to the com­mu­nity at two pub­lic meet­ings. The meet­ings will be sched­uled in the spring and after the rec­om­men­da­tions are com­plete. Ten­ta­tively, the com­mit­tee will present its pro­pos­als at the April 4, 2017, board of ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing. A pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­pos­als will be held shortly after that pre­sen­ta­tion. A fact sheet out­lin­ing the pro­pos­als will be mailed to par­ents and posted on the school sys­tem’s web­site at www.­dis­trict­ing.

The su­per­in­ten­dent’s rec­om­men­da­tion will be pre­sented to the board of ed­u­ca­tion the fol­low­ing month, on May 9. The board will sched­ule a pub­lic hear­ing prior to ap­proval of the bound­ary changes and fol­low­ing the su­per­in­ten­dent’s rec­om­men­da­tion to the board.

The board will ap­prove the new school at­ten­dance ar­eas for the 2018-19 school year at its meet­ing on June 13. The re­dis­trict­ing de­ci­sion oc­curs one year prior to tak­ing ef­fect. Re­dis­trict­ing takes ef­fect at the start of the 2018-19 school year when the new el­e­men­tary school opens. All stu­dents af­fected by the re­dis­trict­ing will change schools in August/Septem­ber 2018.

This sched­ule may change de­pend­ing on the length of time it takes the com­mit­tee to de­velop its al­ter­na­tives.

Through­out the process, Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion through tele­phone calls and emails, mail­ings/ back­pack fliers, CCPS tele­vi­sion sta­tions Com­cast Chan­nel 96 and Ver­i­zon FiOS 12, and the CCPS web­site at www.­dis­trict­ing. The Board will also ac­cept writ­ten com­ments. Send com­ments or ques­tions to re­dis­ or Charles County Pub­lic Schools, Re­dis­trict­ing, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646.

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