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Neighborhoods 'cut down the middle' : Howard Co. parents fight school redistricting

Neighborhoods 'cut down the middle' : Howard Co. parents fight school redistricting

COLUMBIA, Md. (WBFF) - More than 100 parents of students attending Howard County Public Schools are voicing concerns over plans to transfer thousands of children to other schools next year to help alleviate overcrowding in other schools.

The Howard County School System hosted an open house Tuesday evening at Wilde Lake High School to learn more about the redistricting process.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote in November on school boundary changes.


But Paula Reis, who lives in Elkridge, says moving thousands of students to other schools in the county will be extremely disruptive.

"The children will be impacted because they have built relationships [at their current schools] but their sense of security will be gone," said Reis.

Evelyn Henderson, another parent, said: "We have 1,200 homes in our neighborhood. It is a 50-year-old neighborhood; it's being cut down the middle."

A second open house on school redistricting will be held Wednesday evening at Howard High School in Ellicott City from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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