The Board of Education is holding its first elementary school redistricting meeting on Monday, Oct. 24 to provide information about the process to develop new elementary school attendance zones. Staff members will explain the redistricting timeline, committee selection process, how alternatives will be developed and provide opportunities for community input. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Westlake High School in Waldorf. A question/answer period will follow the presentation.
The committee has not yet developed alternatives or proposals. Committee work begins following the Oct. 24 public meeting.
The redistricting committee’s task is to develop and evaluate potential elementary school attendance zones for consideration by the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education. The elementary school redistricting committee, which will be selected at random at the Board’s Oct. 18 meeting, may take as long as five months to develop proposals. The Board of Education, through policy, requires the committee to submit two different proposals. Public hearings on the committee’s proposals will be held in the spring.
Elementary school redistricting will create an attendance zone for a new elementary school scheduled to open at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Additionally, it will expand the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School attendance zone and balance student enrollment as needed at all other elementary schools. Dr. Mudd is scheduled to undergo a complete renovation and expansion, starting next school year.
Staff regularly posts information about the redistricting on the school system’s website, www.ccboe.com/redistricting.
Tentative redistricting timeline
• Starting in November, the redistricting committee will meet weekly at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata for as long as it takes to develop two different proposals for the elementary school redistricting. Dates and times for meetings will be determined after the Oct. 24 public information meeting.
• The committee’s two proposals will be presented to the community at two public meetings. The meetings will be scheduled in the spring and after the recommendations are complete. Tentatively, the committee will present its proposals at the April 4, 2017, Board of Education meeting. A public hearing on the proposals will be held shortly after that presentation. A fact sheet outlining the proposals will be mailed to parents and posted on the school system’s website at www.ccboe.com/redistricting.
• The Superintendent’s recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education the following month, on May 9. The Board will schedule a public hearing prior to approval of the boundary changes and following the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board.
• The Board will approve the new school attendance areas for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting on June 13. The redistricting decision occurs one year prior to taking effect. Redistricting takes effect at the start of the 2018-19 school year when the new elementary school opens. All students affected by the redistricting will change schools in August/September 2018.
• This schedule may change depending on the length of time it takes the committee to develop its alternatives.
Throughout the process, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will provide information through telephone calls and emails, mailings/backpack fliers, CCPS television stations Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS 12, and the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com/redistricting. The Board will also accept written comments. Send comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or Charles County Public Schools, Redistricting, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.