The discussion of the has sparked renewed chatter about redistricting of schools in west Anne Arundel County.
While there are no redistricting proposals on the table, observers of the debate over the new school said they can envision a shuffling of school assignments down the road, given the school's location and plans for other development in the area.
The Two Rivers school, if built, would be located to the northeast of the 2,060-home development, just south of the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. As the crow flies, it's not too far away from the community. But students would be bused several miles up Patuxent Road and then back to the school by Strawberry Lake Way and Evergreen Road.
The circuitous bus route actually passes by Piney Orchard Elementary on the way to the Two Rivers School. Thus, students from Two Rivers would actually live closer to Piney Orchard Elementary School than the new school. And there could be some students from Piney Orchard who would be closer to the Two Rivers school than Piney Orchard Elementary.
Thus, many people can envision some redistricting eventually taking place.
This is a sensitive issue in Piney Orchard, because we're just a few years removed from a redistricting that moved many students in that community to Four Seasons Elementary. At the time, opponents of that plan insisted that Piney Orchard Elementary School was meant to serve Piney Orchard, and that there was value in having students attend school in the community where they lived.
The Two Rivers school will not be located directly in the Two Rivers community for several reasons. One is geography; officials said they literally couldn't find enough usable land. But also, school officials said they liked the idea of having a school further north, because it would accomodate students from other developments that might be coming on board in west county.
What do you think? Are we headed for another redistricting battle? Does it make sense to have the new school so far north? State your thoughts in the comments below.