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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

One November 16, 2017, the Board of Education approved changes to the school attendance areas for the 2018/2019 school year. Reference the interactive map to look up your student(s) 2018/2019 school assignment.

The 2017 Attendance Area Committee final recommendations is found under the 2017 AAC Meeting Archive.

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