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Superintendent James E. Richmond presented the Charles County Board of Education with his recommendation for high school redistricting Tuesday.
A redistricting committee produced two proposals to create an attendance zone for St. Charles High School and balance enrollment for the county’s six other high schools.
Richmond recommended Proposal B with modifications.
St. Charles High is set to open on Piney Church Road in Waldorf in 2014 with grades 9, 10 and 11.
The redistricting process is done one year in advance, and it does not take effect until August 2014.
During a school board meeting Tuesday, Richmond said, “No one dislikes redistricting more than me.” He said it is done a year in advance to give everyone time to adjust.
Parents were given several opportunities to comment on redistricting, including an informational meeting prior to a committee being formed.
In making his recommendation, Richmond said he took into consideration public testimony, and comments made in letters and emails.
Proposal B the way it was written moved 1,233 ninth- and 10th-graders. It moved fewer students than Proposal A.
Proposal B with modifications would move even fewer students, according to information provided in a press release from the school system.
The modifications to Proposal B allow all current eighth- and ninth-grade students living in Block 3750 — including, but not limited to, parts of the Brentwood, Linden Grove, Settle Woods and Eutaw Forest communities — who were required to change from Theodore G. Davis Middle School to Matthew Henson Middle School as a result of redistricting to remain at North Point High School with transportation until they graduate. Before the modifications, the students would have moved to Maurice J. McDonough High School as 10th- and 11th-graders in school year 2014-15. Proposal B requires all seventh-graders living in Block 3750 to attend McDonough as ninth-grade students in school year 2014-15.
There are currently 76 students eligible to take advantage of the modification.
The modification considered the number of schools the eighth- and ninth-grade students in Block 3750 would be required to attend due to redistricting.
The public will have an opportunity to comment on Richmond’s recommendation at a scheduled public hearing 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 20 at Westlake High School.
Those who wish to speak at the hearing must sign up in advance. A sign-in sheet will be available outside the auditorium 45 minutes before the beginning of the hearing. Those arriving after 6:30 p.m. will not be permitted to speak.
Speakers will be issued a number and called to the podium in numerical order.
Speakers will be limited to three minutes and must only speak on the redistricting proposals. There will be a screen indicating when a speaker has one minute and then 30 seconds left to speak. At the three-minute mark, board Chairwoman Roberta S. Wise will ask the speaker to stop in order to allow equal time for other speakers.
Board members will not answer questions or respond to comments from speakers during the hearings, and are there only to gather input.
Speakers are asked to keep comments respectful and courteous. Swear words will not be tolerated, according to the release.
For more information on Proposal B, go to www.ccboe.com and click “High school redistricting” on the main page.