Boundary Review Updates: Attendance Area Committee Begins Work on 2019 Boundary Review Process

Boundary Review Updates:
Attendance Area Committee Begins Work on 2019 Boundary Review Process

The Attendance Area Committee (AAC) began its work Tuesday, June 18 to review options presented in the 2019 Feasibility Study and make recommendations to the Superintendent. The AAC’s recommendations will help inform Dr. Martirano’s proposal to the Board of Education, scheduled to be presented during the August 20 Board meeting.

Led by Scott Leopold from Cooperative Strategies, LLC, the meeting began with group introductions, followed by an explanation of the role of the committee and legal obligations under the Open Meetings Act, and a review of HCPSS Policy 6010 – School Attendance Areas. The committee then became familiar with the options described in the Feasibility Study. Draft meeting minutes and upcoming meeting agendas can be found online.

Per Board of Education Policy 6010, the Superintendent appointed to the AAC individuals who represent every planning region in the county and have previously served HCPSS in advisory roles, as a member of an advisory committee or partner community organization. Group members include a former HCPSS administrator and a current student. Two individuals were tapped from one of the last three AACs to provide historical perspective.

AAC meetings will not be streamed online but are open to any member of the public who wishes to observe. AAC meetings will be held at Atholton High School at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, Tuesday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 9.

Community Input Sessions
Four community input sessions have been scheduled for community members to receive information related to the boundary review process and provide their input for the Superintendent’s consideration prior to his August 20 recommendation to the Board.

Families are encouraged to attend the session associated with the region in which they live based on School Locator. Those who cannot attend their region’s session should attend the county-wide session at Long Reach High School on Saturday, July 13 or may attend one of the other regional sessions. While RSVP is not required, it is highly encouraged. Online RSVP Form

  • Wednesday, July 10, 7–9 p.m. at Oakland Mills High School
    • Families currently zoned for Centennial HS, Howard HS, Mt. Hebron HS, Oakland Mills HS
  • Saturday, July 13, 9–11 a.m. at Long Reach High School
    • Available to any family that is unable to attend their regional meeting.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7–9 p.m. at Atholton High School
    • Families currently zoned for Atholton HS, Hammond HS, Long Reach HS, Wilde Lake HS
  • Thursday, July 18, 7–9 p.m. at River Hill High School
    • Families currently zoned for Glenelg HS, Marriotts Ridge HS, Reservoir HS, River Hill HS

Online Input Forms Now Open
Members of the community may provide online feedback on the 2019 Feasibility Study to help inform the Superintendent’s recommendations to the Board of Education or submit alternate boundary options to be considered as part of the boundary review process.

These online input options will remain available until August 1. Following the Superintendent’s presentation to the Board on August 20, the Board will provide additional input and feedback options.

More information on the Boundary Review process can be found at the HCPSS website.

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HCPSS 2019-2020 Feasibility Study

  1. Here is original document. 06 13 2019 Presentation of Feasibility Study BR
  2. The presentation is shorter and easier to read. 06 13 2019 Presentation of Feasability Study PowerPoint
  3. Note this is NOT the final boundary adjustment. Here is the timeline for the redistricting process: https://chaowu.org/2019/06/05/2019-boundary-review-process-in-hcpss-schools/This is the feasibility study which projects and proposes the boundary adjustment to the superintendent.
    1. The superintendent makes his redistricting proposal to the board in August.
    2. The BOE will have three public hearings on the superintendent’s proposal.
    3. Final vote will happen in Nov.
    4. Here are the three important dates. https://chaowu.org/2019/04/02/three-important-days-about-2019-2020-hcpss-school-redistricting/
  4. Here is the link to how to find your polygon number based on your home address: https://chaowu.org/2017/06/24/how-to-find-hcpss-school-polygon-map-number/

Proposed Sample Elementary School Adjustment

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Proposed Sample Middle and High School Adjustment

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Proposed High School 13 Boundary

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Here are the breakdown by regions how the boundary adjustment has been proposed. Each of them has several options for considerations.

Western Elementary Move Option 1

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Western Elementary Move Option 2

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Southwestern Elementary Move Option 1

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Southwestern Elementary Move Option 2

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Southwestern Elementary Move Option 3

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Columbia Move Option 1

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Columbia Move Option 2

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Columbia Move Option 3

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Student Number Projection

If you have any feedback on the predicted numbers, please share it with me, especially the New Construction(NC) column.

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2019 Boundary Review Process in HCPSS Schools

Boundary Review Process in HCPSS Schools

By Dr. Michael Martirano, HCPSS superintendent

Dear HCPSS Community,

On January 24, the Board of Education directed that HCPSS initiate a systemwide school boundary review, which could potentially impact any or all of the 74 comprehensive schools in our system for the 2020-2021 school year. This review is critical due to population growth that has resulted in crowding at many schools while schools in other areas are underutilized.

This boundary review will be structured differently than in the past, with process improvements to ensure that feedback is focused on the ideas presented in the Feasibility Study and provided in a format that staff can use to improve solutions. I want to emphasize that I value the needs and perspectives of all of our students, families and staff. I also want to make it clear that I will assign no special consideration for the priorities of any individual or specific planning area representatives, no matter how vocal or well-organized. Every stakeholder will have multiple and equitable available ways to receive accurate information and provide input.

Feasibility Study
The boundary review process will begin on June 13 with the release of the 2019 Feasibility Study. Community members will be invited to share feedback and recommendations through an online input form, four community input sessions, and three public hearings. The 2019 Feasibility Study:

  • Provides possible options based on data and available capacity for boundary adjustments.
  • Is a comprehensive look at the 10-year student enrollment projections for county schools.
  • Is based on the most currently available data, including population growth based on students yielded from sales of existing housing and from projected new housing units, and FARMs program participation.

Data Integrity
The 2019 Feasibility Study includes data that is carefully analyzed by independent consultant Cooperative Strategies, LLC. Pending available funding in the FY2020 budget, Cooperative Strategies, LLC, will also serve as a neutral facilitator for the process. The consultant will oversee the AAC’s work, test alternative scenarios, collect and compile public input, respond to questions and information needs, and advise me on a solution.

Attendance Area Committee (AAC)
This advisory committee reviews options presented in the Feasibility Study and makes recommendations to me to help inform my proposal to the Board, scheduled to be presented on August 20.

  • Members will represent community diversity and every planning region in the county, and include individuals who have served HCPSS in advisory roles or as partners.
  • The AAC reviews Policy 6010-School Attendance Areas and the contents of the Feasibility Study, and reports its recommendations to me in July.
  • AAC meetings are public, but the AAC is not responsible for gathering public input or developing attendance area scenarios.

Public Input
Community members have multiple opportunities and ways to provide input and recommendations.

Superintendent’s Recommendation Public Input Opportunities*

  • Online input form: open June 14 through August 1
  • Community input sessions – to provide feedback to me (Families may attend the session associated with the region in which they live based on the school locator map. Those who cannot attend their region’s session may attend Long Reach HS on Saturday, July 13. Families should attend only one session.)
    • Wednesday, July 10, 7-9 p.m. at Oakland Mills High School
      • Families currently zoned for Centennial HS, Howard HS, Mt. Hebron HS, Oakland Mills HS
    • Saturday, July 13, 9-11 a.m. at Long Reach High School
      • Available to any family that is unable to attend their regional session
    • Tuesday, July 16, 7-9 p.m. at Atholton High School
      • Families currently zoned for Atholton HS, Hammond HS, Long Reach HS, Wilde Lake HS
    • Thursday, July 18, 7-9 p.m. at River Hill High School
      • Families currently zoned for Glenelg HS, Marriotts Ridge HS, Reservoir HS, River Hill HS

*Outside of these opportunities we will not be scheduling special town halls and meetings specific to a geographic or planning area.

  • Stakeholders who lack access to technology and are unable attend an input session may mail feedback to the School Planning Office, 9020 Mendenhall Ct., Columbia MD 21045. Print copies of the online feedback form will be provided in limited quantities to school offices.

Board of Education Public Input Opportunities

  • Board public hearings:
    • Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Full information and updates, including a schedule and answers to frequently asked questions, will be available on the HCPSS website. We will also provide regular updates via our weekly HCPSS News emails and social media accounts. Additionally, we would like to receive your questions related specifically to the way the boundary review process is being conducted and communication and engagement efforts.

Language supports will be available upon request for any stakeholder. This letter will be provided to school administrators, community liaisons and the International Student and Family Services office to share with families who may lack Internet access.

A successful outcome for this process depends directly on the level of respect, empathy and careful listening that we as adults model for our children. We must remember that they will follow our lead in responding positively to the challenges and changes that are inevitable throughout life. I ask our community to practice civility during what can be an emotional process.

Every child in Howard County public schools will continue to have access to an excellent education. HCPSS is not a system of individual schools, but a cohesive school system with consistent curriculum, excellent teachers, and comparable opportunities at every school.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Martirano
Superintendent

Promoting Student Diversity in Schools

This is the presentation delivered to the school board by Mr. Mark Blom, General Counsel. He presented this at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference on Promoting Student Diversity through Student Assignment Initiatives.

Promoting Student Diversity in Schools by Mark Blom

There is a survey data on this topic and very interesting.

pew survey on school versus diversity

Here is another post related to Mr. Blom’s article.

https://chaowu.org/2019/04/05/a-roadmap-from-desegration-to-diversity-in-americas-public-schools/

 

2016 Consultant Study on HCPSS enrollment, capacity and redistricting

The following areas are discussed in the report.

1.Enrollment projection methodology
2. Evaluation of school capacity
3. Redistricting scenario testing
4. Adjustment to feeder system
5. Evaluate income disparity among schools

The document is attached here for your reference.

2016 consultant study on redistrictingDownload

Please share your feedback here or with chaowu2016@gmail.com or boe@hcpss.org.