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AACPS Board of Education declines Broadneck cluster redistricting proposals

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 12:07:42-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) — On Wednesday evening the Anne Arundel County Board of Education declined to proceed on any Broadneck cluster redistricting proposal.

The board also voted against Vice President Melissa Ellis's proposal to transfer students living in the Village at Waugh Chapel from Piney Orchard to Four Seasons Elementary School.

In December of last year, Superintendent George Arlotto recommended shifting around 108 students from neighborhoods 603, 604, 605, and 606 of the Broadneck Elementary School district to Cape St. Claire Elementary School.

Arlotto's recommendation was based on how to best utilize the space available at the cluster’s five elementary schools and two middle schools.

It would've moved Broadneck Elementary from 109.6 percent of capacity to 93.4 percent, and Cape St. Claire from 76.6 percent of capacity to 92.4.

The recommendation had also included a grandfathering clause for students who would've entered fifth grade in the 2020-2021 school year.

Another recommendation would've shifted an additional 33 students residing in neighborhoods 600, 601, and 602, from Broadneck Elementary to Cape St. Claire Elementary.

Under Ellis's proposal, approximately 80 current and future students living in the Village at Waugh Chapel would've been redistricted from Piney Orchard to Four Seasons.

No redistricting committee was previously created to study options involving Piney Orchard and Four Seasons.

Under Board policy, a redistricting plan must be adopted by April 30, 2020, for it to go into effect in the 2020-2021 school year.

The Broadneck redistricting proposals wouldn't have had any affect on the boundaries already set for the new Crofton Area High School, which also concerned Piney Orchard Elementary School and the Waugh Chapel community.