From Tom Lusardi:
The viewpoint of BOE is unclear in their redistricting in Fallston. They are not viewing the redistricting through the eyes of the children, the parents, or the teachers. Rather, this seems to have been just a numbers game – pull 100 from here and add 75 there. They might as well be talking about potatoes. Unfortunately, those “potatoes” ARE the fabric of the community, and we the parents are forced to pay for the public school system every day in our taxes!
In part, the basis for constructing the new Red Pump School with OUR tax dollars was to alleviate above-desired attendance, possibly even at YBES. The Red Pump area constitutes the northern boundary of the YBES district, and the new school is in fact situated very near the northern boundary of YBES’ district. We are now told that Red Pump will come on line in 2011 virtually 100% capacity of its construction, yet there is absolutely no movement of the northern YBES district boundary within just ½ mile from Red Pump school. No, the children who currently attend YBES in this area, and live very close to Red Pump ES will continue attending YBES. Considering that this new school clearly has done nothing with the number of students attending YBES, our community maintains that the YBES district lines do not need adjustment – not in the northern area, nor the western area at Upper Crossroads. This is consistent with the past decade or more of attendance at YBES. Yes, YBES has been over its original design capacity for many, many years, but clearly NO PARENT, NO NEIGHBORHOOD, NO ADMINISTRATOR, NO TEACHER, AND NO STUDENT seeks a change at YBES. On the contrary, the community and children have never been so active and involved in their school. The parents and children give their time, energy, expertise and monies above and beyond the support of the County to ensure that the school remains equipped for education in this century.
Considering that YBES was never really a target of a problem that needed to be resolved in the first place (like Emmorton or the Route 40 corridor), and the new Red Pump School construction had zero impact on YBES, we, the Fallston community, merely ask that the BOE DOES NOT seek to alter the current district boundary in any way. This will benefit both Jarrettsville and YBES by keeping their communities intact. Although the current BOE has made comments to the affect that they are not concerned about “community” and other factors in the redistricting plan, WE, the parents, the neighborhoods, the teachers, and most of all THE CHILDREN are very committed to the most important focal point of our community – Youth’s Benefit Elementary School. We trust that the BOE can see this connection and its importance to our day-to-day lives here in Harford County.
Fallston resident, parent, taxpayer, voter