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Attendance Area Committee (AAC) Process

When redistricting is planned, the attendance areas adjustment process for the HCPSS begins in the spring with Spring Regional Meetings and acceptance of applications for the Attendance Area Committee (AAC).

The AAC reviews and comments on the attendance area plans. The AAC also reviews and comments on the current capacity needs in conjunction with anticipated redistricting. The AAC’s input is taken into consideration when developing the Superintendent’s Attendance Area Adjustment Recommendation.

Overview

The purpose of the Attendance Area Committee (AAC) is to develop and evaluate potential school redistricting plans to advise the Superintendent.

AAC members are chosen from each area of the region to bring knowledge of roads and neighborhoods, but they represent the entire county.

The AAC is comprised of no more than 15 members, and may include residents from each of Howard County Public School’s planning areas and one student representative. A staff member from the Office of School Planning facilitates the AAC process.

These are volunteers, generously volunteering their summer to assist the school system with this process. While we received many requests for personal information, including email addresses of these members, please understand this is information is not available. To get your suggestions or concerns heard and forwarded to the AAC, please email SchoolPlanning@hcpss.org.

2017 Attendance Area Committee Meetings

UPDATES: AAC 8/22 Recommendation, Data, Regional Meeting and New Survey

The final Attendance Area Committee meeting was August 22, 2017 and the group has developed a recommendation to the Superintendent. The AAC recommendation is based on data provided on or before August 22, 2017. The AAC’s recommendation relieves overcrowding countywide, and sets the stage for a new high school along the route 1 corridor in approximately 2024 (as presented in the June 2017 Feasibility Study). The associated maps and summary data (which were created using revised housing data, see explanation below) are included under the August 22, 2017 meeting.

June 27 – Department of Education, Board Room, 7:00 p.m.

AAC participants were introduced to the planning process. Staff members presented the feasibility Study, and AAC participants received homework. AAC members asked staff to explore longer meeting times.

July 11 – 7:00-9:00 p.m., Department of Education, Board Room, Central Office Building & Homewood Cafeteria

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

July 18 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37

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July 25 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37

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August 1 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37

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August 8 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37

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AAC DRAFT Scenario Maps

Planning Polygon comparison – Current (existing), Feasibility Study, AAC Draft School Assignments

Find your polygon ID (Polygon Enrollment Projections School Year Map)

  • Instructions on use of map are in the box on the left side of the screen.

August 15 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

AAC DRAFT 2 Scenario

Planning Polygon comparison – Current (existing), Feasibility Study, AAC Draft 1 and Draft 2 School Assignments

Find your polygon ID (Polygon Enrollment Projections School Year Map)

  • Instructions on use of map are in the box on the left side of the screen.

August 22 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

AAC Recommendation Plan

View interactive maps

September 27, Alternative AAC Scenario

Interim Superintendent Michael J. Martirano requested that the AAC provide additional feedback regarding the impact to its recommendation of a 13th High School site location in the northeastern part of the County. Below are the reports based on the alternative scenario that the AAC developed. Additionally, the AAC provided an executive summary and rationale spreadsheet regarding both alternative scenarios.

Rationale for AAC Alternative (revised 9/28/17)

Executive Summary on the AAC Alternative (new 9/28/17)

Committee Membership

Applications to be on the committee are accepted every spring.

The application deadline for the 2017 Attendance Area Committee was Friday, April 28, 2017. Members are appointed by the Superintendent to provide advice and comment during the planning phase regarding redistricting recommendations being developed by staff.

Interviews

An interview process is used to recommend members to the Superintendent for consideration as members of the AAC. Members must be Howard County residents.

Time Commitment

Committee members are asked to volunteer their time by attending approximately 6-10 evening meetings. If redistricting is deferred, the pool of citizens who have expressed interest will be retained for the following year.

AAC Meeting Archive