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A plan to redraw the attendance lines for King George’s three elementary schools is drawing criticism from an increasing group of parents.
If the School Board approves redistricting as planned by Superintendent Candace Brown, it will result in switching schools for about 225 elementary students beginning this September 2010.
Brown’s recommendation is to redraw boundary lines for attendance that would move an estimated 75 students from Sealston Elementary School (SES) to King George Elementary School (KGES). and would also switch an estimated 150 other students from KGES to Potomac Elementary School (PES).
That attendance change would take place beginning this fall with the opening of the new school year.
The King George School Board held a public forum on March 8 and heard from only four parents, with three opposed to the plan to change attendance lines for students in the division’s three elementary schools next school year.
Those commenting were Michael Mays, J.D. Haynes, Kelly Lewis and Kim Ball. Ball was in favor of the redistricting.
At a meeting last week on March 22, eight more parents commented on the proposal, all of them opposed to the plan.
They included David Boone, Rosalyn Dale, Becky Kraisser, Greg Garner, Charlene Miller, Jan Brown, Cynthia Chalkley and Sammie Mays.
Mays also handed in a petition containing the names of 14 people opposed to the redistricting proposal.
Some of the discussion by parents and School Board members included the following issues. Several parents noted that they had selected the area to live based on the elementary school their children would attend.
Kraisser, who lives in Cleydael subdivision, said her children were moved the last time the School Board redistricted, noting it was “hard on families.” Kraisser was one of the parents who also noted that under the current proposal siblings would be separated, since those in the Talented & Gifted program would stay at KGES.
Dale suggested a sibling “grandfather clause” that would allow siblings to stay in the same school.
Some parents questioned switching children to a different school, when there is talk of switching the PES students to the old middle school building if necessary while renovations are performed in the future.
Chalkley cited “the lack of a current sustainable long-term plan” and asked for “more of a well thought-out process.”
School Board members liked the idea of keeping siblings together with Rick Randall asking Brown to provide information on the impact if that adjustment were made.
“If we change it for siblings, may have to draw the lines to readjust the numbers,” Brown said.
Dennis Paulsen responded to some comments, saying, “We do have a plan. It’s a well–thought out process.”
Paulsen then talked about the possibility of putting redistricting off for a year and reiterated that renovations at PES could have an effect shifting students to the former middle school building.
Mike Rose voiced concern about putting off redistricting, if it meant more students would be housed in trailers.
“If there is some way we could redistrict that would alleviate the problem and make everyone happy, I’d be all for it, but it’s a difficult decision and has to be made,” he added.
REDISTRICTING PROPOSAL Brown’s proposal to redistrict for next school year would free up some space at SES and redistribute more students to PES.
KGES is geographically located between those two schools, so that it would gain some students and shift others. The following details were obtained from the school division.
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~ ROADS & DEVELOPMENTS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER FROM KGES TO PES
Individual Roads: Students affected – 71
Abingdon Retreat Lane, Alto Lane, Auburn Woods Drive, Bartlett Lane, Beaver Creek Drive, Beechwood Drive, Blackburn Run, Blue Jay Meadows, Caledon Road - beginning at the intersection of Indiantown Rd, east to the intersection of Dahlgren Rd; Canary Lane, Chestnut Hill Loop, Choptank Drive, Colross Glen Drive, Dahlgren Road - beginning at the intersection of Eden Drive (Rt. 611) north, to the intersection of Caledon Road (Rt. 218); Freedom Lane, Fulmont Drive, Goose Lane, Great Eastern Way, Hewitt Place, His Way, Hunters Jump, Ivy Hill Loop, James Madison Parkway - beginning at the intersection of Eden Dr/Hanover Church Rd. (Rt. 611) north to the intersection of Washington Mill Rd (Rt. 616); Johnson Road, Lotus Pond Lane, Marmaduke Drive, Oakwood Drive, Partridge Lane, Pine Tree Lane, Poplar Neck Road, Preston Way, Retreat Road, Salisbury Retreat, Sharp Lane, Sleepy Hollow Lane, Spruce Drive, State Road, Striker Lane, Wildlife Lane, Will Loop.
Developments – Trailer Communities: Students affected – 81
STOUT TRAILER PARK - Acorn Lane, Berry Avenue.
CLEYDAEL SUBDIVISION - Aidan Way, Anderson Court, Benton Court, Calvert Court, Cleydael Blvd, Culpeper Court, Julia Place, Meadow Way, Ormond Way, Peppermill Road, Richards Ride, Vining Court.
CULPEPER COMMONS - Booth’s Spur, North Stuart Road - from the intersection of Lucas Lane, north, to Booth’s Spur.
PEPPERMILL ESTATES - Stuart Road, Ward Road, Potts Farm, Allen Avenue, Marion Drive, Potts Lane.
EDEN ESTATES - Allen Place, Bone Place, Cedar Lane, Clare Street, Dixie Drive, Hickory Lane, Jones Place, Lee Street, Miller Place, Poplar Street, Pratt Place, Shady Lane, Taylor Place.
CHESTNUT TRAILER PARK - Palona Circle, Chestnut Drive.
~ ROADS & DEVELOPMENTS PROPOSED TO TRANSFER FROM SES TO KGES
Individual Roads: Students affected – 10
Dahlgren Road - beginning at the intersection of Ernest Ellis Lane/Carriage Lane, north to the intersection of Indiantown Road (Rt. 610), Deer Lane (off Route 3), Kings Highway - south side of Kings Highway only, beginning at the eastern intersection of Stanley Road and continuing to the intersection of Dahlgren Road (Rt. 206) & north and south sides of Kings Highway, beginning at the intersections of Foxes Way/St. Anthony’s Road, continuing west to the intersection of Dahlgren Road (Route 206).
Developments – Communities: Students affected – 70
ARNOLD’S CORNER COURT APARTMENTS
BROOKE HAVEN - Carriage Lane, Chaps Way.
PRESIDENTIAL LAKES (Main Section on south side of Kings Highway) - Adams Drive, Arthur Drive, Ashland Drive, Blair House Drive, Buchanan Drive, Capitol Circle, Cleveland Drive, Congress Circle, Constitution Circle, Eisenhower Drive, Filmore Drive, Franklin Circle, Garfield Drive, Grant Court, Hancock Drive, Harding Court, Harrison Drive, Hayes Court, Hoover Lane, Independence Circle, Jackson Drive, Jefferson Drive, Johnson Drive, Kenmore Drive, Liberty Drive, Lincoln Drive, Madison Drive, McKinley Drive, Monroe Drive, Monticello Drive, Mount Vernon Circle, Pierce Court, Polk Place, Roosevelt Drive, Senate Circle, Strafford Drive, Taft Court, Thurman Drive, Tyler Court, Van Buren Drive, Washington Drive, White House Circle, Wilson Circle.
WILLOW HILL - Manning Drive, McKenzie Lane.