School Boundary Review Process Begins

The 2019 Feasibility Study was presented to the Board of Education on June 13, marking the beginning of a boundary review process that will conclude with the Board’s final decisions on November 21 for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year.

The Feasibility Study is a comprehensive look at the 10-year student enrollment projections for Howard County schools and presents possible options based on data and available capacity for boundary adjustments. The study is generated using the most currently available data, including population growth based on students yielded from sales of existing and projected new housing, and FARMs program participation.

According to this year’s study, continued growth across the county is expected at all levels over the next 10 years. Next year, 37 schools are projected to be outside the 90-110 percent utilization target defined by Board of Education policy, and according to this year’s study, continued growth is expected.

Also, at the Board of Education meeting, Cooperative Strategies, LLC, a school planning and demographic firm, presented their findings related to an evaluation conducted of the HCPSS enrollment projection methodology, confirming that the projections used to develop the Feasibility Study are within 99% accu- racy countywide.

The 2019 Feasibility Study will inform the boundary review process and serve as a starting point as the Superintendent devel- ops recommendations that he will give to the Board of Education on August 20. Feedback on the Feasibility Study to help inform the Superintendent’s recommendation and/or alternative bound- ary solutions can be submitted online at www.hcpss.org/school-planning/boundary-review/#online-input, available until August 1. Community members may also participate in one of four public input sessions scheduled in July (schedule below). The Board will hold several work sessions and public hearings prior to its decision on November 21.

Four community input sessions are scheduled to provide feedback for the Superintendent:
• Any family unable to attend their regional meeting, listed below, can attend the meeting on Saturday, July 13, 9–11 a.m. at Long Reach High School.

  • Families currently zoned for Centennial HS, Howard HS, Mt. Hebron HS, Oakland Mills HS: Wednesday, July 10, 7–9 p.m. at Oakland Mills High School.
  • Families currently zoned for Atholton HS, Hammond HS, Long Reach HS, Wilde Lake HS:  Tuesday, July 16, 7–9 p.m. at Atholton High School.
  • Families currently zoned for Glenelg HS, Marriotts Ridge HS, Reservoir HS, River Hill HS: Thursday, July 18, 7–9 p.m. at River Hill High School.

    Those who can attend neither their region’s session nor the county-wide July 13 session may attend one of the other regional sessions. While RSVP is not required, it is highly encouraged. Information on RSVPs for the community sessions was not available as of press time for this issue of The Villager. It will be available soon at www.hcpss.org. Families are asked to only attend one session.

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