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DISCUSSION: Will Two Rivers Lead to More Redistricting?

The new Two Rivers school would be located outside of the actual community. Is this the best policy?

The discussion of the has sparked renewed chatter about redistricting of schools in west Anne Arundel County.

While there are no redistricting proposals on the table, observers of the debate over the new school said they can envision a shuffling of school assignments down the road, given the school's location and plans for other development in the area.

The Two Rivers school, if built, would be located to the northeast of the 2,060-home development, just south of the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. As the crow flies, it's not too far away from the community. But students would be bused several miles up Patuxent Road and then back to the school by Strawberry Lake Way and Evergreen Road.

The circuitous bus route actually passes by Piney Orchard Elementary on the way to the Two Rivers School. Thus, students from Two Rivers would actually live closer to Piney Orchard Elementary School than the new school. And there could be some students from Piney Orchard who would be closer to the Two Rivers school than Piney Orchard Elementary.

Thus, many people can envision some redistricting eventually taking place.

This is a sensitive issue in Piney Orchard, because we're just a few years removed from a redistricting that moved many students in that community to Four Seasons Elementary. At the time, opponents of that plan insisted that Piney Orchard Elementary School was meant to serve Piney Orchard, and that there was value in having students attend school in the community where they lived.

The Two Rivers school will not be located directly in the Two Rivers community for several reasons. One is geography; officials said they literally couldn't find enough usable land. But also, school officials said they liked the idea of having a school further north, because it would accomodate students from other developments that might be coming on board in west county.

What do you think? Are we headed for another redistricting battle? Does it make sense to have the new school so far north? State your thoughts in the comments below.

Chris W August 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM
And they do not speak for all of Odenton.
Michael August 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
They speak for me. Do you have any idea how much traffic would be increased on Strawberry Lake if there were a cut through from Rt 3?? During rush hour, forget about it - it will be impossible to cross the street. Add in all the kids trying to cross the street to get to the park on a busy football evening and that's a disaster waiting to happen. And right now, the park is completely on the other side of a major road. If the new road came, the park would have a whole other side where kids could potentially be hurt. School, neighborhood, fine. Putting a major cut through road for two very busy roads through a planned neighborhood - not good.
Chris W August 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Do you know how many kids cross Srawberry Lake Way now? Give me a break. Look at the map. Where are this kids going to cross the road from? The woods? Please!
kingofodenton2 August 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
As I read this thread it appears that many Piney Orchard residents on here like to exaggerate. Chris you make some good points.
David Daughters September 26, 2012 at 04:11 AM
"Officials could not find enough usable land to build a school within the community." Nonsense. They found usuabl land to build 2,060 homes. Let them build only 2,025 and use the other land for the school. Oops. That would reduce the developer's profit. I think what's really on the agenda is the comment about putting the school where it would facilitate "future development that might occur." The lie is the word "might". Of course, they will continure to develop and the county (and now the School Board) will give them whatever they want.

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