The county Board of Education has scheduled two public briefings and a public hearing on Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell’s recommendation to redistrict Central, Davidsonville, and Mayo elementary schools and a proposal from a developer to redistrict a Crofton parcel of land where it hopes to build homes.
A briefing on the Central-Davidsonville-Mayo plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012, in the cafeteria at Central Elementary School, located at 130 Stepney Lane in Edgewater. A briefing on the Crofton project, called the Enclave at Reidel Pond, will be held at 7 p.m. on February 13, 2012, in the cafeteria at Crofton Middle School, located at 2301 Davidsonville Road in Gambrills.
Those attending will receive information about both plans and will have an opportunity to ask questions, but no public testimony will be taken.
The public hearing on both plans is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at South River High School, located at 201 Central Avenue East in Edgewater. Testimony will only be taken on the two plans before the Board.
Dr. Maxwell’s recommendation to redistrict Central, Davidsonville, and Mayo elementary schools is identical to that arrived at by a panel made up of parents and community residents that studied the options available to reduce overcrowding at Central Elementary and more effectively use space at Davidsonville and Mayo elementaries. It calls for:
● redistricting from Central Elementary to Mayo Elementary students living along Muddy Creek Road down to and including Wolfe’s Reserve and those students living on Fiddlers Hill Road, as well as those students living east of Muddy Creek Road and south of Central Avenue as it extends to the current boundary with Mayo Elementary, including those living in River Club Estates and along Camp Letts Road.
● redistricting from Central Elementary to Davidsonville Elementary all students living in the communities of Waterford, Annapolis Landing, and Berkshire, as well as any student living along the south side of Riva Road within this proposed boundary who may not live in one of these communities.
● an optional grandfathering of rising fifth-graders (current fourth-graders) at Central Elementary.
The Enclave at Reidel Pond is a 182-unit planned residential subdivision located in Crofton. As currently designed, the project calls for age-restricted (55 and older) homes, but the developer is pursuing converting it to non-age restricted. The requested redistricting action will shift the school attendance areas from Nantucket Elementary to Crofton Meadows Elementary and from Crofton Middle to Arundel Middle. That shift would move home from schools considered “closed” pursuant to the County’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance to schools considered “open,” thus allowing the development to go forward as non-age restricted.
The Board must adopt a redistricting plan by April 30, 2012, for it to take effect in August 2012. More information about the redistricting process can be found at www.aacps.org in the “For Your Information” section.