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Committee to Vote on 2 School Redistricting Plans

The plans would reduce the number of students at Nantucket Elementary School. The committee is also seeking funds for a new high school.

Committee to Vote on 2 School Redistricting Plans

A committee charged with seeking ways to reduce overcrowding at Nantucket Elementary School plans to vote on two redistricting proposals on Tuesday night.

The proposals include one crafted by the 16-member committee and another presented by members of the community. Both would move some students from Nantucket to other schools in Crofton, but differ in some details.

The committee’s recommended plan is as follows:

  • The area of Chelmsford Drive and nearby streets would be redistricted from Nantucket to Crofton Meadows.
  • The area of Walden Drive and nearby streets would be redistricted from Nantucket to Crofton Elementary.
  • The Wilson’s Grove community (formerly the Enclave at Reidel Pond) would be redistricted from Crofton Meadows to Nantucket.

Under this plan, 113 students would move to Crofton Meadows and 59 would move to Crofton Elementary, based on projections for the year 2017. Nantucket’s projected 2017 school year enrollment would be reduced from 880 (129 percent capacity) to 708 (104 percent capacity.)

An alternative proposal presented by resident Jocelyn Jarzynski calls for the Walden Drive area to be redistricted to Crofton Meadows instead of Crofton Elementary.

Committee chairwoman Maggie Schubert acknowledged that both plans fall short of the ideal goal of getting all schools at or below the 90 percent capacity threshold. She said meeting those levels would be nearly impossible, given the overall student population in the area.

“Ninety percent in Crofton is an unrealistic number based on the number of seats and the number of children,” she said. “Based on projections, it is the most viable alternative. The options are relatively limited.”

Schubert said the committee will also submit a recommendation seeking funds for construction of a new high school in Crofton. The committee also will ask for money to fund infrastructure upgrades at Crofton Meadows, including a new gymnasium and more parking spots. 

Tuesday’s meeting—the committee's fourth—will include time for public comment, in which other proposals could be presented.

If the committee votes in favor of a plan, it will present it to Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who could approve the plan, amend it or reject it entirely. Maxwell must submit a plan to the Board of Education by December. The board has the final vote on any redistricting proposals, and has until April 30 to decide.

Tuesday’s redistricting committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Crofton Elementary School. 

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