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School Boundary Review Process

On January 24, the Board of Education directed that HCPSS initiate a systemwide school boundary review, which could potentially impact any or all of the 74 comprehensive schools in our system beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. This review is critical due to population growth that has resulted in crowding at many schools while schools in other areas are underutilized.

Superintendent Martirano Update on Boundary Review Process in HCPSS Schools →

Watch Superintendent Martirano introduce the Boundary Review Process →

Download the one-page, printable overview →

2020-2021 Boundary Review Overview – Enhanced transcript →

Data Integrity

The 2019 Feasibility Study includes data that is carefully analyzed by independent consultant Cooperative Strategies, LLC. Pending available funding in the FY2020 budget, Cooperative Strategies, LLC, will also serve as a neutral facilitator for the process. The consultant will oversee the AAC’s work, test alternative scenarios, collect and compile public input, respond to questions and information needs, and advise the Superintendent on a solution.

Public Input

Community members have multiple opportunities and ways to provide input and recommendations. The first half of our process includes two primary ways to provide the Superintendent with your input over the Summer: an online survey and four community input sessions. After the Superintendent makes his recommendation to the Board on August 20, the BOE will provide opportunities for input online and via three public hearings scheduled for early Fall.

Process Timeline


Feasibility Study

June 13, 2019

The boundary review process begins with the release of the Feasibility Study, which is:

  • Possible options based on data and available capacity for boundary adjustments.
  • A comprehensive look at the 10-year student enrollment projections for county schools.
  • Based on the most currently available data, including population growth based on students yielded from sales of existing housing and from projected new housing units, and FARMs program participation.

2019 Feasibility Study (Updated: June 19 / 173 pages / 18 MB)

Presentation of the Feasibility Study

Data Projection Presentation


Online Input Forms

Open June 14-August 1

Feasibility Study Survey

Provide feedback on the 2019 Feasibility Study to help inform the Superintendent’s recommendations.

Alternative Boundary Solutions

Submit alternate boundary options to be considered as part of the boundary review process.

Community Feedback/Engagement Frequently Asked Questions


Attendance Area Committee (AAC) Meetings

June — July 2019

The Attendance Area Committee reviews options presented in the Feasibility Study and makes recommendations to the Superintendent to help inform his proposal to the Board, scheduled to be presented on August 20. The AAC will not gather public input, nor will it develop its own boundary review scenarios. This group will review the Feasibility Study and provide feedback directly to the Superintendent to inform his recommendations.

Per Board of Education Policy 6010, the Superintendent appointed to the AAC individuals who represent every planning region in the county, and have previously served HCPSS in advisory roles, as a member of an advisory committee, or partner community organization. Group members include a former HCPSS administrator and a current student. Two individuals were tapped from one of the last three AACs to provide historical perspective.

AAC meetings will not be streamed online but are open to any member of the public who wishes to attend.

AAC meetings will be held at Atholton High School at 6 p.m. on:

AAC Frequently Asked Questions


Community Input Sessions

July 2019

Four community input sessions are scheduled to provide feedback for the Superintendent:

  • Wednesday, July 10, 7–9 p.m. at Oakland Mills High School
    • Families currently zoned for Centennial HS, Howard HS, Mt. Hebron HS, Oakland Mills HS
  • Saturday, July 13, 9–11 a.m. at Long Reach High School
    • Available to any family that is unable to attend their regional meeting.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7–9 p.m. at Atholton High School
    • Families currently zoned for Atholton HS, Hammond HS, Long Reach HS, Wilde Lake HS
  • Thursday, July 18, 7–9 p.m. at River Hill High School
    • Families currently zoned for Glenelg HS, Marriotts Ridge HS, Reservoir HS, River Hill HS

Important Note: Attend a community input session. Families are encouraged to attend the session associated with the region in which they live based on School Locator.

Those who cannot attend their region’s session should attend the county-wide session at Long Reach HS on Saturday, July 13 or may attend one of the other regional sessions. While RSVP is not required, it is highly encouraged. Information on RSVPs for the community sessions will be sent soon.

Families should only attend one session.

Community Feedback/Engagement Frequently Asked Questions

Stakeholders who lack access to technology and are unable attend an input session may mail feedback to the School Planning Office, 9020 Mendenhall Ct., Columbia MD 21045. Print copies of the online feedback form will be provided in limited quantities to school offices.


Superintendent Recommendation to the Board

August 20, 2019

The Superintendent will make his boundary recommendations to the Board of Education.


Board Public Hearings

September 2019

The Board of Education is scheduled to hold three public hearings to gather feedback from the community.

  • Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Board Public Work Sessions

October — November 2019

The Board of Education is currently scheduled to have seven public work sessions to discuss the suggested boundary review. The BOE is expected to make a preliminary decision during their final work session on November 18.

  • Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m
  • Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m..
  • Monday, November 18 Preliminary decision

Board Decision

November 21, 2019

The Board of Education will make their final decision on any boundary line adjustments.