- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The Charles County Board of Education selected Tuesday in a random drawing names to include on a redistricting committee that will work to create new attendance zones for area high schools.
Superintendent James E. Richmond said at a previous school board meeting that redistricting is essential to create an attendance zone for St. Charles High School — the county’s seventh high school, scheduled to open on Piney Church Road in Waldorf in 2014 — and to balance enrollments at the six other high schools.
Currently, three of the six high schools are overcrowded. North Point High School in Waldorf has the biggest crowding issue with 600 too many students. North Point had 2,210 students last year.
The redistricting committee is made up of parents, central office staff and county government representatives. School principals were asked to submit nominations for the committee in September.
Because the process will affect all high schools, there will be one parent representative from each of the six high schools.
High school principals were asked to advertise to parents for those interested in being part of the committee. Each high school held a public drawing, and one name from each school was selected.
The results of the drawings are as follows:
Tawanda Rooney, Henry E. Lackey High School; Cindy Arnone, La Plata High School; Charlotte Shirriel, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Suzanne McCarthy, North Point High School; Suzann Martin, Thomas Stone High School; and Christina Adeboyejo, Westlake High School.
School board members drew from baskets the names of four committee members from representatives of each middle and elementary school, two from elementary schools and two from middle schools. Three community members, who are not parents of children in public schools and who applied to serve, also were chosen. The following members were selected:
Betty Tayman, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; LaCharles Earle, Eva Turner Elementary School; Karen Haskins, Mattawoman Middle School; Kristopher Foote, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and community members Joanna Wilson, David Cooksey and James Hooper.
The committee will work to create two redistricting alternatives over the course of several months.
Board Chairwoman Roberta S. Wise said the committee will be working on the first redistricting of all the high schools. She said the board hopes redistricting for every high school will never have to happen again.
There will be three public hearings regarding redistricting. The first was added to the redistricting policy and will take place before the committee creates the alternatives to allow the public to learn about the process and make suggestions or ask questions.
In March, the alternatives will be presented to the board and published for public input.
The public has the opportunity to voice opinions on the alternatives at a public hearing, tentatively scheduled for April.
The public has another opportunity to voice its opinion after Richmond makes his recommendation to the board. That public hearing is tentatively scheduled for May.