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Crofton School Redistricting, by the Numbers

As parents start their work on solving the overcrowding problem at Nantucket Elementary, Patch offers a look at the school enrollment numbers in the Crofton area.

The 16-member committee charged with recommending ways to redistrict schools in Crofton got its start on Monday night. 

Now the group is neck deep in data and will meet several more times before presenting a plan to Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. 

The enrollment numbers from the school system make it clear that Nantucket Elementary School has an overcrowding problem. Projected enrollment for 2012 is 819, and the school has a capacity of just 684. Meanwhile, Crofton Woods Elementary is close to capacity and Crofton Elementary is almost 90 percent full. Crofton Meadows, however, has some space.

Here are the current and projected numbers. Note that enrollment data for 2012 won't be officially ready until Sept. 30. 

School Capacity 2012 current 2012 projected 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 % utilization  Crofton Elem 656 537 547 555 565 553 571 576 88% Crofton Meadows 613 436 381 378 374 375 355 359 59% Crofton Woods 570 604 579 564 559 569 560 558 98% Nantucket 684 819 821 841 858 865 879 882 129% Arundel Middle 1,071 871 884 892 910 935 944 948 89% Crofton Middle 1,274 1,159 1,159 1,171 1,195 1,226 1,237 1,241 97% Arundel High 2,025 1,974 1,985 1,956 1,930 1,937 1,949 1,984 98% South River 2,133 2,266 2,269 2,237 2,207 2,215 2,230 2,269 106%

Source: Anne Arundel County Public Schools

There are a few things to note about these numbers.

  • These capacity numbers factor in space after planned renovations and expansions at Crofton Elementary, Crofton Meadows and Crofton Middle. Those are expected to be all complete by 2014 or 2015.
  • School officials acknowledge that while this current discussion centers on overcrowding at the elementary school level, the two high schools are also getting close to being full. (Meade High School, located to the west and serving Laurel and portions of Odenton, is already at capacity as well.)  

"You do need to know that as part of this process, we are looking at where do we go with our high school solutions," said Alex Szachnowicz, the chief operating officer for Anne Arundel County Schools. 

  • School officials also revealed Monday that while Crofton Meadows has more available capacity than any other elementary school in Crofton, it unexpectedly got about 50 more kindergartners it projected this year. They are unclear as to why. 

"It is one of those things that makes you go, 'Hmm,'" said Chuck Yocum, the AACPS specialist for demographic planning. "I've scratched my head many a night on this in the last couple of weeks."

Check back with Patch for additional including more details on the possibility of a new high school in Crofton.

John Galt September 26, 2012 at 01:06 AM
That meeting was a farce. Nantucket is ~140 over and Crofton Meadows is more ~150 under. Neverheless, AACPS has already begun construction on an addition to the consistently under enrolled Crofton Meadows. One would have to be willfully ignorant to not suspect that AACPS has already made up its mind but feels the need to go through this charade of a redistricting committee. A committee, mind you, that was hand picked by principals from local schools and In no way, shape or form is reflective of the diverse cultures or heritages that make up the schools themselves. Nice job, principals! Oh and by the way, if either of the 2 men on the committee could not wear a sleeveless shirt, gym shorts, ball cap or untied tennis shoes to the next meeting it might feel a little less like Clown School.
Jenn September 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I am a Crofton Woods parent who was unable to attend the Monday meeting. I was interested to see in this article that Fort Meade/Laurel/Odenton area schools are factors in overcrowding decisions here in Crofton. My question is; Were there funds factored into BRAC a couple of years ago to accomodate expansion of Fort Meade area schools? That may relieve some pressure in Odenton and subsequently here in Crofton.
Eric Smith September 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM
John, as shown at the meeting, and repeated again in this article, the capacity number quoted at the meeting for Crofton Meadows is for AFTER the Crofton Meadows addition. So the current utilization of Crofton Meadows is not accurate in the charts. I agree the committee is most likely a charade for what AACPS has already decided.
John Galt September 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Please don't misapprehend that I feel that CMS is or 'should' be the fall guy - Not at all especially since I believe it is a foregone conclusion that my children will now be required to attend CMS in a few years. I don't pretend to have any special knowledge of enrollment at any of the schools. However, Mr. Yocum twice put out 2 different and grossly inflated figures for last year's actual and this year's notional (pending Sept. 30th) enrollment. In fact the BOE website lists CMS actual enrollment for 2011-12 as "369" - and I gather from your last sentence that you may agree that it is interesting, and perhaps a bit troubling, that in or about the same week aacps began construction of an addition to the under enrolled school, they host a meeting purporting to solicit input as to how to solve the over enrollment conundrum at 2 very nearby schools. My point being, there has been and continues to be an offensive and wholesale lack of transparency from aacps. My favorite moment of the night is when the gentlemen (plural) from the school board told the Nantucket parents that they (aacps) knew that their school would be significantly overcrowded inside of a few years even before they broke ground in 2006 and then when they were asked how that could have happened and why the county did not rethink its redistricting prior to opening the school's door those same 2 gentlemen blamed the state for not permitting them to build a bigger school. It was like a "Who's on first routine?"
Terry September 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Agreed with all the above. The bottom line is that County School Districts are wrong for Maryland. 75 years ago, there were 2 basic population centers in the state and 1 of those was and still is covered by a city school board - the rest of rural and ex-suburban 1950's Maryland fared just fine with county run schools. 30 years later, in the 1980's, that was no longer true. At that time, there was already a demonstrative need for community based schooling. 60 years on, the county school system is not just in need of overhaul it is failing our children. These community based school districts have existed and thrived throughout similar states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut for nearly 100 years. But instead of adopting one of those models our county school systems in Maryland much more resembles those of far less populated and built up states like Wyoming and Kansas. AA County should be comprised of at least 3 school districts - call them whatever you'd like (West, Annapolis & South or ????)
Tom September 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM
so basically,, the hint of a new Evergreen elementary school is hogwash.. Just squeeze the balloon and fill in the undercrowded, newly constructed expansion of crofton meadows elementary. If you don't understand the balloon metaphor?, then its basically no new school and just grab parts of the overcrowded districts that could feed undercrowded crofton meadows.
Chris W September 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM
What you are missing is that these northern states have towns that are incorporated. These towns have elected officials who must answer to their residents.

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