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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 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, 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."

Do you support the redistricting proposal?  Vote in our poll or explain more in comments.

Can't go to the public hearing tonight, but want to follow it? Patch editors will be live blogging the meeting. Follow live blog updates at Columbia.Patch.com or on Twitter. Follow: @SavGuilfrdPatch, @ColumbiaPatch and @lisaarossi or search the hashtag #hocoschools.

P90Noir November 14, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Yes, most of Dickinson is currently at Guilford. It doesn't mean that makes sense. My calculations show Guilford as 3.4 - 3.9 miles, depending on route. And yes, it is divided from our community by a large commercial/industrial area. Going to Atholton (where my kids would go under the Staff Plan and Plan 1) wouldn't require leaving low-trafficed "neigborhood" roads. They would just head straight down Eden Brook. Something similar can be said for the folks who would be sent to Hammond. I've stated clearly that we bought our home knowing that there would be redistricting before we had school-aged children. It's why we bought where we did rather than in a "premier school district." Everyone knows that HoCo school districts move around wildly.
resident November 15, 2011 at 02:10 PM
I am sorry but you are wrong to attack 16/1016. They went about the process the right way. They did not want to be left out, the plan by a few 1015 residents to "keep Dickson together" caused this. They did not consult with the residents of polygon 15 to see what you would like to do. I live in Polygon 1015 and i was just fine with being split, I got brought in because i thought polygon 15 was on board with staying together and i was mislead. I am not having to defend my polugon and the majority who feel like I do because the people who started this have left the building. I support the BOE1 plan and i know that a lot of the residents of Dickson and Huntington do to. We all should because it is what is best for Kings Contrivance. I ask that you come out tonight and show your support too for BOE1.
resident November 15, 2011 at 02:23 PM
My son has gone to Guilford for four years and he has done well. He is performing great but I think more so than the school it is also the Involvement of the parents. The teachers at guilford are great and they work hard. It is crowded and it has it's issues but all schools do. The resaon redistricting makes since is because there are schools closer to us and the shift is westward. We need to come together to support the community. Let us no longer lay blame but support each other in our ultimate goal and that is what is best for our children. Come out tonight at the hearing, you do not have to speak but stand up to support BOE1 period. It is the right thing to do.
Hammond Supporter November 15, 2011 at 05:33 PM
The problem with BOE1 is that it splits the Hammond Community. We are soundly against this and I urge all HES families to email the board to show that we do not support the staff plan or the BOE1 plan. BOE2 is better for us but moves roughly the same number of children. Why not move the Huntington community directly to Fulton? 200 less children would be disrupted under this scenario. There should also be a way to keep 15 and 1015 together.
resident November 15, 2011 at 05:53 PM
I understand what your are saying because they are splitting our community into potentially three different schools. We are over croweded and need immediate relief.

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