The Harford County Board of Education received the following input on redistricting from the Stone Ridge development in Bel Air, with unanimous support from the Fountain Green Elementary School PTA. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
The community of Stone Ridge (west of MD 543 and north ofWheel Road) has approximately 100 elementary students who currently attend Fountain Green Elementary School (FGES). The redistricting plan shifts the Stone Ridge children from FGES to Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School (HWES).We have reviewed the proposed Superintendent’s Technical Advisory Committee’s (STAC) redistricting plan in detail. As a result of this review, Stone Ridge has identified numerous inconsistencies to the STAC parameters (See Appendix A). Per STAC recommendations Stone Ridge has developed an alternative redistricting plan that addresses these contradictions. In addition, the original FGES attendance data distributed by the STAC is inaccurate. As a community, we feel that the school board should evaluate these contradictions and base its conclusion on valid statistics.
Alternate Plan to the STAC plan:
Stone Ridge neighborhood children remain at FGES
There is no need to redistrict a school that is not over capacity and has a declining enrollment. Moving Stone Ridge from the Fountain Green district is not required to meet the county’s capacity goals. The STAC plan uses 2009 enrollment data rather than current year data as the basis for the decision to move Stone Ridge. FGES capacity is 571 students. Currently, the STAC is using an enrollment of 604 students or 106% capacity (See Appendix B). The corrected current attendance of 567 (as verified by FGES PTA) equates to a 99% capacity this year, versus 106% as defined by the STAC.
Read the full Stone Ridge Neighborhood/Fountain Green Elementary School Alternate Redistricting Plan below: