BUTTERFLY RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REDISTRICTING STUDY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What schools are included in the study?
There are 10 elementary, 5 middle and 4 high schools located within the study area - Ballenger Cr ES, Carroll Manor ES, Hillcrest ES, Lincoln ES, Orchard Grove ES, Parkway ES, Tuscarora ES, Valley ES, Waverley ES, Whittier ES, Ballenger Cr MS, Brunswick MS, Crestwood MS, Monocacy MS, West Frederick MS, Brunswick HS, Frederick HS, Governor TJ HS, and Tuscarora HS.
- When will a recommendation be made to the Board of Education (BOE)?
The Superintendent is scheduled to present her recommendation to the BOE at their March 22, 2017 meeting.
- When will the Board of Education adopt new attendance boundaries?
The BOE is scheduled to make their decision on June 14, 2017.
- When will the new attendance boundaries go into effect?
The new attendance area boundaries will go into effect in the fall of 2018 when Butterfly Ridge ES opens.
- What about my 5th or 8th grader? Will they be allowed to finish their elementary or middle school education at their current school if they are redistricted?
In the past, the BOE has allowed rising 5th and 8th graders to remain at their current school, with parent transportation, to complete their elementary and middle school education. However, this is a BOE decision made as part of each redistricting decision.
- If the BOE does not include a provision for 5th and 8th graders in their approval of the new attendance boundaries, will the redistricting be a valid reason for an out-of-district transfer?
Redistricting would not be a valid reason for an out-of-district transfer
- If my child has an existing out-of-district transfer and the redistricting will move my child into that attendance area, will I still need to apply for an out-of-district transfer for the 2017-18 school year? If so, what will happen if I am not granted the out-of-district transfer for the 2017-18 school year? Will my child be moved out of the school only to be put back in for the 2018-19 school year?
The redistricting takes effect for the 2018-19 school year. You will need to request an out-of-district transfer for the 2017-18 school year if wish your student to continue at a school that is not your home school. If you are not granted the out of district transfer and the redistricting would move your student to that school in the 2018-19 school year, you may request an out-of-district transfer following the redistricting decision in June and ask that the request be consider for the 2017-18 school year because of extenuating circumstances.
- What percentage of students eligible for Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) defines a Title 1 school? If the redistricting results in new Title 1 schools how will that impact existing Title 1 schools?
Federal Government Title 1 funding is designed to serve identified children in order for them to achieve proficiency on academic achievement standards. Federal Title 1 regulations dictate that schools with a student population of 75% or greater receiving free and reduced meals be classified as Title 1. Individual Local Education Agencies then have the latitude to identify a lower threshold for schools to be classified as Title 1. As a result of participation in Title1, schools receive a supplemental allocation to provide additional staffing, extended day opportunities, family involvement and professional development activities as well as supplemental purchases of materials and equipment.
- What is the maximum time a student can be on a bus?
Board of Education Policy 441.3 (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window) states that “The board will endeavor to route buses so that students will have no more than a one (1) hour scheduled ride each way.”
- For the Point of Rocks/Canal Run neighborhood – How many buses will be needed to transport students to Valley ES?
Currently, FCPS transportation utilizes 4 buses to transport the elementary students in the Point of Rocks/Canal Run community to Carrol Manor ES. Transportation will utilize 3-5 school buses to transport elementary students from Point of Rocks/Canal Run to Valley ES.
How long will students be on a bus to Valley ES?
Students will be on the bus approximately 15-25 minutes.
Where will a bus cross US15 to get to Valley ES?
The bus will travel north on US15 to Point of Rocks Road (MD 464) at the circle and then travel MD464 to Jefferson. MD 464 is utilized by many buses on our Brunswick bus routes to transport elementary, middle and high school students.
- Will there still be portable classrooms at schools after the redistricting goes into effect?
Yes, unfortunately it is likely that there will still be portable classrooms at schools within the redistricting study area. Currently, there are approximately 6,600 elementary students living within the study area and only about 6,400 available seats (including the additional seats at Butterfly Ridge).
- Are there any other projects scheduled in the redistricting study area to add more seats to accommodate all the students that will be coming from new development?
An addition of approximately 300 seats is planned for Waverley ES in the out years of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). We also have a future elementary school site on Ballenger Creek Pike in the Ballenger Run subdivision and one in Brunswick in the Brunswick Crossing subdivision.
- Are there any projects scheduled to improve the Hillcrest ES building after the new school opens?
In addition to the new windows and doors scheduled for the summer of 2017, there is a roof replacement scheduled for Fiscal Year 2018 and a boiler replacement scheduled for Fiscal Year 2022.