On December 4, Superintendent George Arlotto delivered to the Board of Education his recommendation regarding the redistricting of school boundaries in the Broadneck cluster in order to best utilize, to the extent possible, the space available at the cluster’s five elementary schools and two middle schools.
Arlotto recommended shifting four neighborhoods north of College Parkway on the eastern edge of the current Broadneck Elementary School attendance area from that school to Cape St. Claire Elementary School. The shift of the neighborhoods – identified as 603, 604, 605 and 606 in redistricting documents, is projected to move 108 students from Broadneck Elementary to Cape St. Claire Elementary. It would move Broadneck Elementary from 109.6% of capacity to 93.4%, and Cape St. Claire from 76.6% of capacity to 92.4%.
Arlotto’s recommendation also includes a grandfathering clause for students who would be entering fifth grade in the 2020-2021 school year. No middle or high school boundaries would be changed under Arlotto’s recommendation.
The recommendation submitted to Arlotto by the redistricting committee, made up of representatives from every elementary and middle school in the cluster, would have shifted 33 additional students who reside in three additional neighborhoods – identified as 600, 601 and 602 in the redistricting documents – from Broadneck Elementary to Cape St. Claire Elementary.
The board will consider Arlotto’s recommendation and any other alternatives in January and decide which options to take to a public hearing later this year before it votes on a plan. Under board policy, a redistricting plan must be adopted by April 30, 2020 for it to go into effect in the 2020-2021 school year.