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Public Forums on School Attendance Realignment Scheduled

HAGERSTOWN, MD (August 13, 2009) – Washington County Public Schools’ (WCPS) Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee (FEAC) will host three public forums to present recommendations for changes to school attendance zones in an effort to gain citizen input.  The forums are scheduled on consecutive Thursday evenings: September 10, 2009, Smithsburg High School; September 17, 2009, Rockland Woods Elementary School; and, September 24, 2009, Pangborn Elementary School.  Each forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an informational presentation by FEAC members and WCPS staff, followed by an opportunity for input by citizens who have signed up to speak.

Each forum is designed to focus on a specific group of schools in the area of the forum that, at this time, would be affected by the attendance zone realignment recommendations.  The forums are not limited to input regarding affected schools in that area, but are open to anyone to comment on recommendations affecting schools anywhere in the county.  Presently, FEAC recommendations for changes to school attendance zones would affect the following elementary schools: Boonsboro, Cascade, Conococheague, Eastern, Fountain Rock, Fountaindale, Funkstown, Greenbrier, Lincolnshire, Maugansville, Old Forge, Pangborn, Paramount, Potomac Heights, Rockland Woods, Salem Avenue, Sharpsburg, Williamsport and Winter Street. 

FEAC members have been discussing possible recommendations since January 2009, after the committee was charged with reviewing school attendance zones county-wide.  The review was approved by the Washington County Board of Education (BOE) in order to create and maintain consistent enrollment numbers, optimal class sizes and logical feeder patterns from elementary to middle to high school. 

The citizen input portion of the forums will provide speakers who have registered prior to each forum, up to three minutes to present comments.  Also, speakers are reminded that the forums are designed to gather input from the communities so that committee members can evaluate the final recommendations.  Anyone wishing to speak at one of the forums may e-mail FEAC@wcps.k12.md.us or call 301-766-8901 and indicate the name of the speaker and which forum. Speakers can also register prior to the start of each forum.

Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to contact WCPS, at 301-766-2961 or e-mail FEAC@wcps.k12.md.us.

Information about the forums and the FEAC recommendations is available on the Washington County Public Schools’ website, on the FEAC page.

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