The Howard County Board of Education (HoCoBOE) has held five “Attendance Area Adjustment Work Sessions” and three more sessions remain on the schedule before the vote on November 21st:

The following is a summary of motions and votes for each session so far:

Session 1:

Move to exempt rising juniors. Mrs. Cutroneo amended the motion to include transportation and Ms. Coombs accepted the amendment. Mrs. Mallo amended the motion that parents would need to opt in for transportation. Mrs. Cutroneo and Ms. Coombs accepted the amendment.

Motion by Vicky Cutroneo, second by Kirsten A Coombs.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu

Move to keep current walkers as defined by policy to remain as walkers.

Motion by Christina Delmont-Small, second by Kirsten A Coombs.

Final Resolution: Motion Fails

Yea: Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Chao Wu
Nay: Kirsten A Coombs, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj

Session 2:

Move to request the Office of School Planning provide capacity and FARMs data for four grades for potential High School #13 Boundary that includes Route 175 to southern county line and polygon 2010.

Motion by Chao Wu, second by Kirsten A Coombs.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu

Session 3:

Nothing noted

Session 4:

Move to go back to the Superintendent’s Proposed Plan.

Motion by Sabina Taj, second by Mavis Ellis.

Final Resolution: Motion Fails

Yea: Mavis Ellis, Sabina Taj
Nay: Kirsten A Coombs, Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Jennifer Mallo, Chao Wu

Move to have the discussion start with the schools in the east and then move west.

Motion by Jennifer Mallo, second by Sabina Taj.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj
Nay: Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Chao Wu

Move to continue the discussion moving west to east.

Motion by Chao Wu, second by Christina Delmont-Small.

Final Resolution: Motion Fails

Yea: Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Chao Wu
Nay: Kirsten A Coombs, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj

Move to have staff develop a scenario to look at the impact of moving six polygons (58, 54, 52, 1058, 1054, and 2054) to Atholton High School.

Motion by Jennifer Mallo, second by Kirsten A Coombs.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Vicky Cutroneo, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu

Session 5:

By consensus, move polygons 52, 2051, 51 1051, 279, and 3139 from Oakland Mills HS to Atholton HS.

By consensus, move polygons 308, 1308, and 2308 from Mt. Hebron HS to Centennial HS.

Move polygons 97, 154, 214, 1154, and 2154 from Centennial HS to Marriotts Ridge HS.

Motion by Kirsten A Coombs, second by Jennifer Mallo.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Mavis Ellis, Jennifer Mallo, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu
Abstain: Christina Delmont-Small

Move polygons 171 and 1171 from Marriotts Ridge HS to Glenelg HS.

Motion by Kirsten A Coombs, second by Chao Wu.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Mavis Ellis, Sabina Taj, Chao Wu
Nay: Christina Delmont-Small, Jennifer Mallo

Links to all of the work session documents and videos of the meetings can be found here:  https://www.hcpss.org/school-planning/boundary-review/

There are a lot of decisions to be made in the final work sessions. I will do my best to follow the decisions made as I get time.

Scott E

5 COMMENTS

  1. Somehow 49 (mine) was moved to Hammond and it’s like someone just clicked it. I haven’t seen any discussion on it when it was actually changed and I’m still confused. They discussed it previously and then did nothing with it.

  2. So for all of the talk of equity in capacity and FARMS rates, the board is solving its problems on the back of Long Reach. At 1:51:33 on the video of the November 5 working session (session IV), Dr. Wu says regarding dangerous over-capacity levels: “So it kind of switch place between Long Reach and Howard”. At 1:51:44 Ms. XXX states “My concern with Long Reach is that is where a lot of the immediate development is coming, before high school 13 opens … we’ve got development coming, Wexley and several others.” There is acknowledgement that they are creating a problem, but after both the working session on the 5th and 7th, nothing is done to solve it. The map after working session V includes almost no changes in the West (save for the odd creation of islands for Atholton and Glenelg).

    I had a bet in the beginning of all this that yet again, the plan that comes out will be whatever’s most advantageous for the affluent high schools, equity be damned. After the 21st we’ll be told that it will “all be fixed with HS 13” and to “choose civility in HoCo”. We’ll be told the same thing (“wait for HS 14”) when the boundaries for 13 are drawn and, shockingly, the board uses it to “fix” Reservoir and Atholton. This entire process is a farce.

  3. 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.

  4. Looking at the numbers, our schools are already over capacity and redistricting can only reduce the burden on some. A year after HS13 is scheduled to open its expected to reach county-wide capacity again. I feel like a minimal redistricting to resolve the hardest hit schools this year, followed by a large redistricting when 13 opens will be our best bet. But we need 14 to be in the works already too, since we’re the fastest growing county in the state. I also prefer saving the big redistricting process for the future because each district should have a representative at that point. Hopefully a bit more diversity too.

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