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Central Area Redistricting Study -Committee Meeting 2- October 30, 2013

Central Area Redistricting Study -Committee Meeting 2- October 30, 2013. Welcome. 5:30 - 6:00 Dinner, Welcome and Introductions 6:00 - 6:30 Review new information and handouts of baseline options 6:30 – 7:15 Break into 3 small groups and review the options

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Central Area Redistricting Study -Committee Meeting 2- October 30, 2013

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  1. Central Area Redistricting Study -Committee Meeting 2- October 30, 2013

  2. Welcome 5:30 - 6:00Dinner, Welcome and Introductions 6:00 - 6:30Review new information and handouts of baseline options 6:30 – 7:15Break into 3 small groups and review the options 7:15 - 7:30Discuss next steps and adjourn Tonight’s Agenda

  3. Welcome Tonight’s Three Goals: #1. To review communication logistics and review / answer questions regarding the project and/or background report #2. To review DRAFT baseline options and homework #3. Small group exercise to perform preliminary review / markups of DRAFT options. Tonight’s Goals

  4. Committee Chair: Michael Quinn

  5. Communication Logistics

  6. Communication Logistics •Committee members should have received an invite to the Wiki group page. •Page is merely a method to communicate between meetings and to answer/discuss issues related to the redistricting between meetings •Talk with Robin Allen after the meeting if you did not get an invite, to make sure she has your correct contact information. •Committee can always send emails or call Cropper GIS and/or BCPS with questions or thoughts.

  7. Communication Logistics •BCPS Central Area webpage is created!: - Helps to refer inquiring community to this website to answer questions about the rezoning process, schedule and a quantity of data and maps. - Located under “What’s Happening” section of website (www.bcps.org) •Direct link to page is: http://www.bcps.org/construction/mayschapel/

  8. Communication Logistics Contact Info: Cropper GIS Matthew Cropper mcropper@croppergis.com 614.451.1242 BCPS Office of Strategic Planning Chris Brocato - cbrocato@bcps.org and/or Robin Allen - rallen4@bcps.org 410.887.4216 Questions

  9. Redistricting Study Project Goals

  10. Project Objectives • Baltimore County Public Schools is building a new elementary school on the Mays Chapel site. • Opening in Fall 2014 • 700-student capacity • Schools throughout the region are overcrowded, and redistricting is necessary to balance building utilization and populate the new school. • BCPS has organized a committee-based process to work through redistricting options and plans. • Work will continue through Winter 2014 Why We’re Here

  11. Project Objectives The following schools in the Central Area could be affected by the redistricting process: • Hampton ES • Lutherville ES • Padonia ES • Pinewood ES • Pot Spring ES • Riderwood ES • Sparks ES • Timonium ES • Warren ES • West Towson ES Potential Affected Schools New school at Mays Chapel Site

  12. Guiding Principles / Criteria • Efficient use of available space (i.e. Balance Building Utilization) • Long-range enrollment and capacity needs (i.e. be mindful of future potential population in addition to existing students) • Use natural boundaries, such as railroads, creeks, major highways, election districts, existing school boundaries, and location of feeder schools. Why We’re Here

  13. Guiding Principles / Criteria • Cost containment (i.e. Efficiencies such as transportation and facility use) • Elimination of existing satellite zones (areas districted to a school that are outside of its boundary) • Minimize the number of times any one student is reassigned • Feeder pattern continuity • Phasing in boundary changes by grade levels for high schools • Maintaining diversity among all involved schools Why We’re Here

  14. State Rated Capacity

  15. Study Area School Capacities:

  16. Current School Utilization

  17. Current School utilization reinforces the need

  18. Review of DRAFT Options

  19. Remember that everything is considered DRAFT! • Nothing is written in stone • Existing DRAFT Options are subject to change • New options can/will be created • Focus isn’t on picking the best solution YET, but to openly explore the various options to present to the public for feedback.

  20. 3 DRAFT Options are presented to you this evening • Committee has 8.5x11 maps, as well as plots of maps for review tonight • Options maps are also now on the interactive webmap (www.croppermap.com/bcpsredistricting) • Copies of handouts, including small and large format maps will be posted on the Mays Chapel webpage on the BCPS website (http://www.bcps.org/construction/mayschapel/)

  21. When analyzing redistricting options, it is best to look at the information in two different ways. • Study the geography i.e. shape of the current and option boundary lines. • Look at where the lines shift away from current vs. the option. • Look at road networks and envision how school buses and parents would travel to the school • Study the tables and enrollment / utilization estimate • Review the balance of enrollment, and identify any imbalances that may exist. • Understand why there are any imbalances in the enrollment / utilization, or examine possible ways to improve the balance.

  22. Examination / Review of Options Maps

  23. Examination / Review of Options Tables

  24. Small Group Exercise: Break into 3 small groups Each group will review an option for 15 minutes Groups have different colored markers, and are encouraged to write, circle, highlight any area on the map they feel needs to be addressed. After 15 minutes, the group will swap options and review the next one. After each group reviews all 3 options, there will be a discussion around findings / observations

  25. General Announcements and Upcoming Schedule

  26. General Announcements & Upcoming Schedule November 2013: Upcoming Events

  27. See you next meeting on November 13, 2013! Same time, same place

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