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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

Unless otherwise noted below, all meetings will be held at the Applications and Research Laboratory building, Room B37, Ellicott City and simulcast to overflow seating at the Homewood Center cafeteria, 10914 Clarksville Pike. Meetings also can be seen on HCPSS-TV (Comcast 95/Verizon 42) and will be streamed live on the HCPSS website, www.hcpss.org.

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

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

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

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

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

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

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

Watch an archived video of the full meeting

AAC DRAFT Scenario Maps

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

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 (PDF)

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

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