Charles Redistricting Committee Reviews School Reassignments

LA PLATA, Md. (Feb. 25, 2009)—Superintendent James E. Richmond has established a redistricting committee to review temporary school reassignments and research any other developments and areas without existing homes in the North Point High School and Theodore Davis Middle School zones.

The committee is reviewing the enrollment of new high and middle school students moving into new developments including the Scotland Heights development and the new Town Center South/Westchester at the Pavilion development. Richmond earlier this school year temporarily reassigned schools for any students moving into these areas. Student enrollments at North Point and Davis are beyond capacity and both schools need relief from future growth.

The superintendent is also asking the committee to consider redistricting other developments not yet producing homes to relieve projected enrollments at North Point and Davis. Developments with students already enrolled at North Point or Davis are not being rezoned.

A timeline has been developed for the redistricting, including two public hearings as required by board policy. The committee will present its report to the Board on April 14 at its regular meeting. A public hearing on the committee alternatives will be held 6:15 p.m., April 14, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata.

The Superintendent will make his recommendation at the May 12 Board meeting, and a public hearing on the superintendent's recommendation is scheduled the same evening at 6:15 p.m. at the Starkey Building.

The Board will make its final decision on the recommendations on June 9. The public may also comment on the redistricting alternatives at any public forum, which is held at 6 p.m. at each Board meeting or send comments to redistricting (at) by June 1, 2009.

Source: Charles County public school system

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