While the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) redistricting decisions have been made…it is understandable that some in our county are still not thrilled with those decisions. One could easily argue that families in polygons 132, 1132 and 2132 have the most to be upset about (those with kids in elementary school right now in those polygons).
Families living in those polygons decided to organize a walk from their neighborhoods to Clemens Crossing Elementary school (something many of them do on a regular basis) on December 8th.
Here are some images that were sent to Scott E’s Blog from that walk on December 8th:
Now why did these families do this walk on December 8th…and why am I writing about it? Well, in case you missed the votes that happened during the Howard County Board of Education final decisions on redistricting…this happened to those polygons:
I have to say as a resident of this county I feel for these families. It is hard to watch the video above and not feel for these families. I get not everyone will…but they kind of got the short end of the stick in the redistricting process. In just a few minutes during that final redistricting meeting they went from staying at their school that many could walk to (and they actually do) to going to another school.
Will their world end…of course not. Bryant Woods ES is a great school. But I do understand why they are still upset with those on the board that voted yes…especially after seeing how the process happened that affected their families…and especially their kids.
We will all move forward from this redistricting process. We have to hope that the Howard County Board of Education and the Howard County Public School System has learned from this process and will do better the next time around (which should be coming soon in regards to High School #13).
We as a community must also do better. We should advocate for what we think is best for our kids…but also do it in the right way. I have seen good and bad on both sides of this redistricting process.
We will have a new board after the elections in 2020. We know that Coombs and Delmont-Small are running for reelection. We know that Ellis is not running. We have not heard official announcements from Mallo or Taj yet. We have 4 other community members that have announced that they are running (Pretlow in D2, Levine in D4, Rehman and Vaillancourt in D5).
I will be tracking the Howard County Board of Education race and reporting out on activities here: https://scotteblog.com/hocoboe-in-2020/