Petition FOR the BCPS Redistricting Option A
There are currently 2 options that will be proposed to the BCPS school board to address overcrowding in elementary schools in our area and re-draw boundary lines to populate the new Mays Chapel elementary school.
Demographics: Option A provides a better demographic balance for all of the involved schools. Therefore, Option A better conforms to the BCPS redistricting criterion of maintaining socioeconomic diversity at ALL schools. This is important because we want all of the children in the area to have the best chance to succeed academically. Research shows that students of all socio-economic levels will perform better academically when they are in a mixed socio-economic school rather than one with a high percentage of lower socioeconomic status students. Therefore, BCPS should choose an option that provides a better demographic balance among all schools.
Option B would exacerbate the current imbalance of socioeconomic diversity (measured by the percentage of students receiving free or reduced price meals - referred to as the FARMS percentage)at central areas schools. The 10 schools in the central area have an average FARMS of 20%, but most of this percentage is concentrated at Padonia, Warren, and Pot Spring schools. Neither of the redistricting options on the table would greatly affect the demographics of Padonia or Warren, but the two options have very different impacts on Pot Spring. Option B would increase the FARM% at Pot Spring Elementary from 41% to 48% while keeping the FARM% at neighboring Pinewood and Timonium schools very low—6% and 9%, respectively. On the other hand, Option A would slightly lower the FARM% at Pot Spring (to 39%) while Pinewood and Timonium would still remain under the area average at 10% and 19%, respectively.
The FARM% at Pot Spring has increased by 20% in the last five years and Pot Spring has not received additional resources to offset this increase. It is critical to select a redistricting option that mitigates this trend.
We find it unacceptable that any plan would increase the FARM% at a school that already has more than double the area average of FARMs students. Pot Spring does a great job educating students of diverse socio-economic levels; let’s not stretch the school’s resources so thin that the level of service drops. Minor increases in the FARM percentages at multiple schools will allow all of the schools in the central area to maintain their high achievement.
We are requesting your signature to petition the BCPS Board to select Option A when considering the redistricting options for the BCPS elementary schools.
Below is a list of upcoming meetings. There is a group ready to speak at each meeting with prepared statements.
YOUR ATTENDANCE IS URGED AS A SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR OUR SCHOOL.
February 25 – School Board Meeting – ESS Building 630pm
February 26 – Public Hearing - Loch Raven High School 7:00pm
March 11 – School Board Meeting– Board Decision will be announced -- ESS Building 7:00pm
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