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Committee Approves Crofton School Redistricting Plan

Group votes unanimously for plan to shift some students from Nantucket Elementary to Crofton and Crofton Meadows elementary schools.

A school redistricting committee in Crofton has voted unanimously in favor of a plan to shift some students out of the overcrowded Nantucket Elementary. 

The 16-member group endorsed a proposal to send 113 students from Nantucket to Crofton Meadows Elementary for the 2014 school year. The plan would also move 59 students from Nantucket to Crofton Elementary in 2015.

The group also voted unanimously against an alternative proposal that would have moved more students into Crofton Meadows. 

The proposal, approved on Tuesday night, will now be presented to Superintendent Kevin Maxwell, who can accept the plan as is, amend it, or reject it. He will submit a redistricting plan to the Board of Education on Dec. 5. The board has until April to make a final vote. 

The key details of the plan approved by the redistricting committee are as follows: 

  • Chelmsford Drive Area of Walden and Johns Hopkins Drive —113 students from Nantucket to Crofton Meadows. (Aug. 2014)
  • Walden Drive area of Walden—59 students from Nantucket to Crofton Elementary. (Aug. 2015)
  • Wilson's Grove (formerly Enclave at Riedel Pond—33 students from Crofton Meadows to Nantucket.

Under the plan, Nantucket would have a projected 708 students in 2017, down from 819 in 2012. It would still be at 104 percent capacity. 

Crofton Meadows would have 527 students (86 percent capacity) and Crofton Elementary would have 625 students (95 percent capacity.)

Both Crofton Meadows and Crofton Elementary School will be undergoing renovations to add capacity in the next year.

Committee chairwoman Maggie Schubert said additional infrastructure improvements at Crofton Elementary will make it easier for the school to operate closer to full capacity than Crofton Meadows. 

A school system official said he did not have any objection to the plan, though he acknowledged that the schools would not have much capacity left. 

"I think it's pretty much the best they could do," said Chuck Yocum, a specialist in student demographic planning for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. "The optimal number is to be right around 90 percent, so we have 10 percent wiggle room. But I don't think that could have been really done here."

The redistricting committee also voted to include two ancillary recommendations. The first requests funds for a new high school in Crofton, while a second requests money for infrastructure upgrades at Crofton Meadows. 

The committee decided against determining new boundaries for a proposed Evergreen Elementary School to the south of the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, citing a lack of information. 

The board of education will take up the redistricting on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.

Correction: A subhed in a previous version of this story incorrectly stated some students would be redistricted to Crofton Woods Elementary. Students will only be redistricting to Crofton Meadows Elementary or Crofton Elementary. Patch regrets the error.

Maffick October 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I've been hearing for years about a Crofton High School. I think that needs to happen sooner than later.
Steve Holcomb October 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
It's good that they are considering a Crofton High School. However, the only way that will EVER happen is if we change the process of selecting School Board members. 20 out of 24 jurisdictions in Maryland ELECT their School Board members. In Anne Arundel County, a committee selects a replacement then forwards the recommendation on to the Governor. There is no accountability in the current system. While School Board members are listed on the November ballot, the only issue is whether to let those individuals continue on the Board. You do not have any other option because there is no alternative candidate to choose. Your vote is an up or down vote whether to let them stay on the Board. There have been bills introduced in the General Assembly trying to change the current appointment process to a free and fair election process. However, those bills have been held up by Speaker Michael Busch. If you think Anne Arundel School Board members should be subject to contested elections, please write Speaker Busch and your State Senators and Delegates and ask them to change the process! When School Board members are accountable to us, the Citizens of Anne Arundel County, and more specifically Crofton, Odenton, Gambrills and West County, then, and only then, will we have a louder voice on the issue of a Crofton High School.
David October 18, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Where was there any mention in the story about Crofton High School? It would be the best thing to happen to Crofton in 50 years. Talk about sending property values through the roof...that would do it.
Sheila December 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
When redistricting was first done to decide who would go to Nantucket, a number of Walden Drive residents petitioned for our children to be permitted to remain at Crofton Elementary, but we were rejected. Now we're being redistricted to Crofton Elementary. I hope some grandfathering is permitted, so my youngest child can spend her last year of elementary school at Nantucket.
Damon Nevils December 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
This would be a good thing. Although my youngest son enjoys Nantuket, if redistricting plans include plans for a Crofton High School, I am all in. Oh yeah, a good high scholl will indeed increase property values, but importantly my kids won't have to make that way long hike to South River High School.

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