The following letter and presentation were sent to the Harford County Board of Education by the concerned parents and PTA membersof Forest Lakes Elementary School. A copy was provided to The Dagger:
The Community of High Point/Pleasantville (south of MD 23 and north of Winters Run) has approximately 83 elementary students who presently attend Forest Lakes Elementary School. The current Redistricting Plan moves the High Point/Pleasantville students from Forest Lakes to North Bend Elementary School, which raises several concerns among Community residents. After careful detailed review of the Superintendent’s Technical Advisory Committee’s (STAC’s) Proposed Redistricting Plan, we have developed an Alternative High Point/Pleasantville Community Redistricting Plan which we believe is a win?win for many parties impacted by the proposal.
In summary, our proposed alternative plan is to:
1. Accept the Stone Ridge Community Plan to remain at Fountain Green Elementary, freeing up 119 “desks” at Homestead?Wakefield Elementary.
2. Leave 120 students at Homestead?Wakefield Elementary School instead of moving them to Red Pump Elementary School, freeing up 120 “desks” at Red Pump.
3. Move 80 Marywood students to Red Pump Elementary from Hickory Elementary instead of moving them to Forest Lakes Elementary, freeing up 80 “desks” at Forest Lakes.
4. Leave the High Point/Pleasantville Community children at Forest Lakes Elementary, freeing up 83 “desks” at North Bend.
This plan achieves the following key results:
1. Brings two (2) of the five (5) schools (North Bend and Red Pump) currently proposed above 100% capacity to below 100% ;
2. Puts one (1) additional elementary school (North Bend) within the 85% to 90% capacity range, and
3. Keeps 322 students, or approx. 11% of the current impacted population, from being redistricted.
Further details of our concerns and plan impact are discussed in the following sections: