Poll: How Will School Redistricting Affect Communities?
As many as 1,220 students could be attending different schools.
Howard County school board members will hear from the community tonight at 7 p.m. at a public hearing on a plan members are considering for school redistricting, which is designed to ease overcrowding in southeast area elementary schools.
The proposal as it stands is already generating controversy.
"This plan tears a community apart, isolates a group of 20 children, creates an island, increases transportation costs," wrote Kings Contrivance resident Laurie Buonaccorsi in a letter to Explore Howard.
Joel Gallihue, manager of school planning, told Columbia Patch Editor Marge Neal Monday that "people don't like change" and he understands many are upset or angry over the proposed plan.
"We're listening for suggestions that are better than the staff suggestions," he said. "It's not a perfect plan, and if someone comes up with a perfect plan, I'll take it."
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