Richmond recommends redistricting proposal with modification

Richmond recommends redistricting proposal with modification


Superintendent James E. Richmond presented his high school redistricting recommendation to the Board of Education today, suggesting Proposal B with a modification.

In a statement to the Board, Richmond said the recommendation takes into account public and written testimony as well as consideration of students who were redistricted at the middle school level this year. Proposal B establishes an attendance zone for St. Charles High School and relieves overcrowding at other high schools.

The modification to Alternative B allows all current eighth- and ninth-grade students living in Block 3750 who were required to change from Theodore G. Davis Middle School to Matthew Henson Middle School as a result of redistricting to remain at North Point High School with transportation until they graduate instead of moving to Maurice J. McDonough High School as tenth and eleventh graders in school year 2014-15. Proposal B requires all seventh graders living in Block 3750 to attend McDonough as ninth-grade students in school year 2014-15. Communities impacted, but are not limited to Brentwood, Linden Grove, Settle Woods and Eutaw Forest.

This modification, Richmond said, considers the multiple number of schools the eighth and ninth-grade students in Block 3750 would be required to attend due to redistricting. There are currently 76 students eligible to take advantage of the modification.

As he was submitting his recommendation, Richmond said the school system addressed issues identified during the middle school redistricting, including studying the best way to open St. Charles High School, reviewing redistricting policies, auditing student populations at the high schools, developing better communications and considering comments from residents at public hearings and through correspondence.

The Board will accept comment on the Superintendent's proposal at a public hearing, 6:30-9 p.m., May 20, at Westlake High School.
In order to allow proper time for all interested speakers, the following guidelines have been established for the public hearings:

  • Any person wishing to speak during the public hearings must sign the sign-in sheet in advance. The sign-up sheet will be available outside of the school auditorium beginning 45 minutes prior to the start of the hearing. No one arriving after 6:30 p.m. will be allowed to sign in or speak.
  • Speakers will be issued a number and will be called to the podium by their assigned number.
  • Speakers should limit their comments to the redistricting proposals.
  • Comments should be concise and to the point, and speakers will be limited to three minutes. A screen showing the time provides warnings when speakers have one minute and 30 seconds left to speak. The Board chairman will ask the speaker to stop at the three-minute mark in order to provide equal opportunity to all who would like to comment.
  • Board members are there to listen to comments and gather information for use in their decisions on redistricting. Members will not answer questions or comment to speakers during the hearing.
  • Remarks must be respectful, courteous, free of name-calling and personal attacks. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

The Board will make its final decisions regarding the high school redistricting at the June 11 meeting.
Residents may also mail or e-mail comments. E-mail comments to redistrict@ccboe.com or mail to Redistricting, Charles County Public Schools, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646.
For a complete overview of redistricting, fact sheets outlining the proposals for each schools, a redistricting school locator and other information, visit the school system website at http://www2.ccboe.com/parentscomm/transportation/hsredistricting.cfm.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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