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St. Mary's BoE Approves Redistricting Plans


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Feb. 13, 2009)—With the opening of Evergreen Elementary School in August 2009, Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent of schools, appointed a redistricting committee to review options and provide a recommendation on utilizing the new capacity at the elementary level. This committee was also tasked with assigning the military housing located in the California area to elementary, middle, and high schools. These areas were temporarily assigned during the construction of the military housing to accommodate the Patuxent River Naval Air Station's transitioning of military housing. The committee was also charged with looking at an area of Westbury in the Lexington Park area that, in previous redistricting, was intended to go to Spring Ridge Middle School.

The committee, which met throughout the months of October and November 2008, consisted of 50 percent staff members and 50 percent community members. Other community members not on the committee did attend the meetings and were allowed to provide input during the process.

The committee reached consensus on the proposed boundary alignment plans on November 19, 2008. The plans were then presented to the superintendent of schools on December 8, 2008. The Board of Education of St. Mary's County reviewed the plans during a work session on January 14, 2009, and held a public hearing on the proposed boundary alignment plans on January 26, 2009. On February 11, 2009, the Board approved redistricting plans to take effect with the start of the 2009-2010 school year.

The plans, summarized below, can be viewed in their entirety online at http://www.smcps.k12.md.us/offices/dss/capital_planning/SBAC.shtml .

In addition to the Board approving the redistricting plans detailed below, they also approved grandfathering, without transportation, the rising 5th, 8th, and 12th grade students affected by this redistricting effort for the 2009-2010 school year.

Elementary School Plan

-- Hollywood Elementary School to Evergreen Elementary School (328 students)

--- Southbound Rt. 235/Three Notch Road from the intersection of Airport Road south to the intersection of Rt. 4/St. Andrew's Church Road including all auxiliary roads, drives, courts, and lanes. Rt. 4/St. Andrew's Church Road including all auxiliary roads, drives, courts, and lanes to, but not including, Indian Bridge Road.

-- Green Holly Elementary School to Evergreen Elementary School (75 students)

--- Columbia Colony and Challenger Estates developments.

-- Leonardtown Elementary School to Evergreen Elementary School (currently undeveloped, 0 students)

--- FDR Boulevard from St. Andrew's Church Road to First Colony Boulevard.

-- Piney Point Elementary School to Evergreen Elementary School (54 students)

--- Indian Bridge Road from but not including St. Andrew's Church Road to, but not including, Point Lookout Road including all auxiliary roads, drives, courts, and lanes.

-- Greenview Knolls Elementary School to Evergreen Elementary School (90 students)

--- Southbound Rt. 235/Three Notch Road from the intersection of Rt. 4/St. Andrew's Church Road to and including Old Rolling Road and all auxiliary roads, drives, courts, and lanes.

-- Oakville Elementary School to Hollywood Elementary School (134 students)

--- Northbound Rt. 235/Three Notch Road from and including Vista Road to and including Jones Wharf Road including all auxiliary roads, drives, courts, and lanes and Southbound Rt. 235/Three Notch Road from the intersection of Jones Wharf Road with Rt. 235/Three Notch Road to and including Woodpecker Lane.

-- Leonardtown Elementary School to Hollywood Elementary School (39 students)

--- Southbound Three Notch Road/Rt. 235 from but not including Woodpecker Lane to and including Hollywood Road/Rt. 245 including all auxiliary roads, drives, courts, and lanes to, but not including, Barnsby Lane

Middle School Plan

-- Spring Ridge Middle School to Esperanza Middle School (14 students)

--- Columbia Colony

--- Challenger Estates

-- Esperanza Middle School to Spring Ridge Middle School (41 students)

--- Westbury III

High School Plan

-- Great Mills High School to Leonardtown High School (6 students)

--- Challenger Estates

-- Great Mills High School remaining at Great Mills High School (13 students)

-- Columbia Colony

Source: St. Mary's County Public School System

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