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Howard School System Seeks Community Feedback on Redistricting Proposals for 2023 School Year – Baltimore Sun

As the Howard County Public School System works to change school boundaries for the 2023-2024 school year, in preparation for the opening of High School 13 in Jessup, members of the community are invited to participate in the process.

High School 13 will be located near Mission Road and Washington Boulevard in Jessup, in the current attendance area of ​​Hammond High School. It will open in the fall of 2023 with 9th and 10th graders only. According to the school system, communities near the eastern part of Howard County are most likely to be affected by the redistricting process.

In November 2019, the Howard School Board approved a redistricting plan that moved approximately 5,400 students to new schools for the 2020-21 school year. The board’s plan was to balance the level of poverty in county schools by displacing 2,827 elementary students, 568 middle school students, and 2,007 high school students. In 2019, Superintendent Michael Martirano called it “the largest redistricting effort in Howard County history.” Martirano said it would undo a decade of overcrowding, advance socioeconomic equity across all Howard Schools, and set a roadmap for opening High School 13.

Four redistricting scenarios for the 2023-2024 school year were presented last week as part of a new feasibility study conducted by Cooperative Strategies on behalf of the school system. Scott Leopold of Cooperative Strategies presented the scenarios at a meeting with the school board on June 9.

Leopold said the scenarios were created with the goal of keeping school capacity ranges between 90 and 100 per cent for “as long as possible” and to “promote a sense of community in … a geographic location” by maintaining communities contiguous. or neighborhoods. Emphasis has been placed on promoting the creation of “a diverse and inclusive student body” in each of the schools by examining the socio-economic compositions of school populations, he said.

A survey was posted online last week for community members to give their thoughts on the storylines.

Scenario A creates a boundary for High School 13 that stretches south and west, and reassigns about 2,800 high school students and about 100 middle school students. It is designed to relieve overcrowding at Hammond, Atholton and Reservoir high schools, Leopold said.

“Available capacity at Hammond High School is used to receive students from Oakland Mills High School, with Oakland Mills then receiving students from Long Reach High School,” Leopold said. “This frees up capacity at Long Reach High School to accommodate students from Howard High School.”

In Scenario B, the boundary of High School 13 runs from Route 32 north to the county line. This scenario is designed to relieve overcrowding at Hammond, Oakland Mills, Long Reach, and Howard high schools.

“There is not enough capacity in Secondary School 13 for all the students east of [Interstate] 95 and north of [Route] 32 to attend high school 13, so there is still an area in Oakland Mills,” Leopold said.

This scenario would reassign about 3,100 high school students and about 100 college students.

For Scenario C, the boundary of High School 13 would align with the boundary of Thomas Viaduct Middle School on the east side of Interstate 95, extending west to “capture the detached area of ​​Atholton High School,” according to Leopold. This scenario relieves Hammond, Atholton, Oakland Mills and Long Reach high schools.

This scenario would reassign 2,800 high school students and around 100 college students.

Leopold said Scenario D was designed with “minimal impact and avoids some of the areas repurposed in 2019”.

Scenario D creates a boundary for High School 13 extending north to the county line in a “non-contiguous manner”, he said, and directly relieves Hammond, Long Reach and Howard High Schools. . This scenario reassigns 2,500 high school students and around 100 college students. Students.

Community members can participate in focus groups or community feedback sessions this month. The Director General will make a recommendation to the school board in September, after which the school board will hold public hearings and working sessions. The school board expects to make a final decision on the redistricting in November.

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Community feedback sessions will be held June 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Long Reach High School; June 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Reservoir High School; and June 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oakland Mills High School. Focus groups will be held the week of June 27.

More information on the process and links to the feasibility study, scenarios and maps are available at https://www.hcpss.org/school-planning/redistricting-for-23-24/#feasibility- study.