Howard County Board of Education member Dr Chao Wu made the following blog post “updated redistricting plan” today.

In that post he states “Here is my updated redistricting plan. This is a framework for the whole process. I will update it again based on tonight’s discussion. Please share your feedback with the board at redistricting@hcpss.org. Since the board is testing different scenario, please share your thoughts how/why your polygons should not be moved. If you can provide alternative movements, that will be great. My plan is just one of the plans and the board will reach its own plan through work session.”

That post also has a link to a PDF that breaks down his proposal vs the HCPSS Superintendent proposal and the proposal made by HoCoBOE member Jen Mallo. View it here:  https://chaowu.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Objective_Comparison_Between_Three_Proposals.pdf

I highly recommend you take a look at the blog post and information shared (if the redistricting plans is something you have an interest in right now).

Have thoughts…let me know in the comments.

Scott E

14 COMMENTS

  1. Wu’s plan is less disruptive (less kids moved) while achieving similar results in utilization and socioeconomic balance. It would be hard to see why one would pick the other 2 plans over his plan.
    My only concern is some polygons affected by Mallo and Wu’s plan, but was not affect in Super’s plan, would never get a chance to testify due to the current procedure rules.

  2. Good points. Why do we have HCPSS develop a plan in the first place? We should just crowd source it. So many, many wasted manhours of public money. Like I’ve said before we are a smart community. Just give US the data.

  3. As a parent whose 4th grader is impacted by Wu and Mallow plans we are now completely blindsided. Coming as they do at this late stage, we almost have no chance to testify, debate or otherwise point to any merits or lack thereof for this plan. In other words absolutely no due process whatsoever. In our neighborhood, with few exceptions, they literally cherry pick diverse polygons with more affordable homes for redistricting. It is hard not to be disillusioned if their plan makes it through in its current form.

  4. I completely agree with CSM’s comment. It’s unfair for there to be no due process to publicly comment on a plan before being voted on. The superintendent’s plan should be the one that goes forward or none at all.

  5. This plan of moving 297 and 1297 would have our ES students splitting for MS and then AGAIN for HS. Ridiculous! I thought this was supposed to work towards fixing feeds.

  6. If we talked about LESS students moved, we should keep current plan, then ZERO students have been moved. Why cannot we have a plan without moving any current student? Why are you guys keeping trying to breaking current communities to make “Better”? Do not do experiment on our kids!!!!

  7. When do you plan to have public hearings for those that impacted by Wu’s plan? He shouldn’t just throw out a plan at this stage of redistricting, a well played out strategy would be present us with the options at the beginning, and let public input their opinions.

  8. 1. The distance to the schools. The students in Polygon 1171 are already suffering with the elementary school. Our kids go to Triadelphia Ridge Elementary school (6.5 miles from our home) which is way farther than Centennial Lane (2.2 miles), Manorwoods (2.4 miles), Waverly (3.4 miles), West Friendship (4.1 miles) elementary schools. My kids take advantage of after school clubs/activities and it has been extremely difficult to pick my kids from after school activities let alone to participate/volunteer in school events because it is so far. With the latest proposal, even the Middle School and High School will be so far away. Folly Quarter Middle School is 6.8 miles from our home which is way farther than Burleigh Manor (3.2 miles) and Mount View (5.4 miles) Middle Schools. Glenelg High School is 8.3 miles away from our home which is way farther than Centennial (3.2 miles) and Marriotts Ridge (5.4 miles) High Schools. In the upcoming school year, we will have one elementary school going kid, one middle school going kid and one high school going kid. How in the world we will be able to encourage our kids to enrich themselves with after school clubs/activities when the evening pickups become so difficult with the schools being that far? It is also incredibly difficult to participate in school events and volunteer activities.

    3. Breaking neighbors and communities. All neighborhoods that surround my community (Polygon 1171) go to Marriotts Ridge High School. My kids have friends and, at parent level, we have friends in the surrounding neighborhoods and we rely on each other to share the after school rides, learn from school experiences and work towards betterment of the school. The latest proposal of moving Polygon 1171 to Glenelg High breaks-up our communities and there by weakens our collective strength in providing better educational experience to our children.

    3. The latest proposal of moving Polygon 1171 to Glenleg High was introduced in the last minute (just few days before final decision, making it super hard for any reasonable public hearing) and the proposal is contradictory to all that has been published and communicated since January 2019. The feasibility study published in January 2019 or any of the public communications until end of October 2019 never mentioned about the High School change for Polygon 1171. This has been a surprise change just few weeks before the final decision that robs the community members to voice their feedback.

    We feel like being punished for choosing to live in Howard County, constantly thinking about what will happen with the schools. We earnestly hope that this proposal will be shelved.

    Thank you for reading through.

  9. Unfortunately these last minute changes are very disruptive and do not represent the ideals of a Democracy. How many plans are we going to come up with and that too behind closed doors where the public can only listen and not speak? Was this the master plan all along to take everyone for a ride with the superintendents plan and now do a quick hustle and change things around without any public input? How is democracy?

    Dr. Wu proposed one plan on October 31st and posted it on his blog – and now today – proposes a completely different plan for my polygon! My polygon – 189 to be moved to farther schools (Dayton Oaks) when pointers run and Clarksville elementary are less than half the distance away. Moreover CES is only 70 percent utilized!

    Today’s proposed change of moving polygon 189 to Dayton Oaks ES completely goes against the utilization and distance data as per the Feasibility study. If anything pointers Run kids should move to Clarksville Elementary as it will raise CES utilization as it is only at 70 percent utilization. It will also be less disruptive to the neighborhood.

    Now my child who is already struggling to make after school activities will no longer be able to participate in these activities because he will be sitting on a bus for a longer time returning from school if Dr. Wu’s new abrupt plan sees daylight.

    Yes, we are in a new community which was established in the past 1-2 years – but my child already moved to a different school last year and now per Dr. Wu he must move again! How is that fair to children trying to establish themselves in a new community?

    So please stop proposing these abrupt and last minute changes which oppose the very principles of a democratic process. Every change proposed needs to go through a careful analysis before it is even thought of implementation.

    • I completely agree with Ruchika. We are in polygon 189 and in same situation as her family and oppose this proposal.

  10. The redistricting plan is ill-conceived. It creates a perception of addressing one problem, while, in fact, creating more substantial problems. More kids will be spending longer time commuting on a bus instead of walking to school. Longer commute will be taken at the expenses of exercise, homework and sleep. Have you considered the effect of your plan on child development? Are you aware that insufficient sleep is associated with behavior problems, impaired learning and school performance? Are you ready to take responsibility for the adverse effects your plan might have on child development and school performances?

  11. Polygon 189 – Reg ES and MS change proposal

    As a resident of Polygon 189 I am in complete opposition to proposed changes from PRES to Dayton Oaks and from CMS to Lime Kiln Middle.

    1. Why are we not proposing polygon 189 move to Clarksville ES which is only 1.7 miles away and wouldn’t require us to drive on Rt. 32 to go to Dayton Oaks? Dr. Wu’s Facebook post on October 31st proposed moving 189 to Clarksville elementary and no change to MS, What has changed since then? Why last minute changes giving communities little to no time to react?

    2. PRES is only 1 mile away from our polygon and it takes 20 minutes to commute each way. Dayton oaks elementary is 4.5 miles away and will take at least 45-50 minutes each way.

    3. Lime kiln Middle school is 6.5 miles away as opposed to CMS which is only 1 mile away.

    4. Dr. Wu pointed out that they have 4 kindergarten classes now for the first time in 7 years in clarksville ES. Has the board looked at similar data set for all other elementary schools? Why only Clarksville Elementary?

    5. Bullying in buses, accidents on highways, commute time and splitting communities are real concerns pertaining to Dr. Wu’s proposal and should not be ignored.

    Please reconsider this proposal and do the needful.

  12. I am a mother of two young girls, one is in Kindergarten (Pointers Run) and other one is in 6th grade (Clarksville Middle). I recently moved into polygon 189 (Beazer Homes) due to close proximity of both schools from my home (less than one mile). As a resident of polygon 189, I am in complete opposition to the proposed changes of elementary school from Pointers Run to Dayton Oaks and Middle school from Clarksville Middle to Lime Kiln for the following reasons:

    1. Both current schools, i.e., Pointers Run and Clarksville Middle are less than one mile from my house. There is another closer distance school in Clarksville, which is Clarksville Elementary (approx. 1.7 miles). Regardless, distance wise the closest would be Pointers Run and Clarksville Middle. Proposal to move kids at a significant longer distance from home does not do any good to the kids.

    2. It takes 10-15 minutes to commute each way to Pointers Run or to Clarksville Middle as they both are less than a mile from my home. Dayton Oaks is 4.5 miles and Lime Kiln is 6.5 miles – both schools will take more than 30-35 minutes to commute each way.

    3. The redistricting will result in longer commute back/forth from school which in turn means more exposure of kids to bullying in buses, accidents on highways, less time for after-school activities or homework and more time spent on commute. It will be more tiring, longer days, and burdensome for kids leading to increase in behavioral problemss.

    4. We are splitting communities here by sending Clarksville kids to other districts having longer commute. Clarksville kids should stay in Clarksville schools with close proximity to their homes.

    The above are real concerns for Dr. Wu’s proposal and should not be ignored.

  13. I am a mother of two young girls, one is in Kindergarten (Pointers Run) and other one is in 6th grade (Clarksville Middle). I recently moved into polygon 189 (Beazer Homes) due to close proximity of both schools from my home (less than one mile). As a resident of polygon 189, I am in complete opposition to the proposed changes of elementary school from Pointers Run to Dayton Oaks and Middle school from Clarksville Middle to Lime Kiln for the following reasons:

    1. Both current schools, i.e., Pointers Run and Clarksville Middle are less than one mile from my house. There is another closer distance school in Clarksville, which is Clarksville Elementary (approx. 1.7 miles). Regardless, distance wise the closest would be Pointers Run and Clarksville Middle.

    2. It takes 10-15 minutes to commute each way to Pointers Run or to Clarksville Middle as they both are less than a mile from my home. Dayton Oaks is 4.5 miles and Lime Kiln is 6.5 miles – both schools will take more than 30-35 minutes to commute each way.

    3. The redistricting will result in longer commute back/forth from school which in turn means more exposure of kids to bullying in buses, accidents on highways, less time for after-school activities or homework and more time spent on commute. It will be more tiring, longer days, and burdensome for kids, thereby leading to increase in behavioral problems.

    4. We are splitting communities here by sending Clarksville kids to other districts having longer commute. Clarksville kids should stay in Clarksville schools.

    The above are real concerns for Dr. Wu’s proposal and should not be ignored.

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