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Old 04-02-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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New Rockland Woods school will be open to all students, says Washington County board
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WASHINGTON COUNTY Enrollment at Rockland Woods Elementary School will be open to all students despite one woman's claims that the decision could lessen the quality of education there.

The Washington County Board of Education decided Tuesday to extend to June 1 the deadline to apply for special permission to attend a county school. Special permission is needed to attend a school outside of a student's school district.

Open enrollment was considered for Rockland Woods after redistricting efforts failed to push the population of the new 750-seat elementary school past 500.

Mike Markoe, assistant superintendent for elementary education, said that when applications are received to attend Rockland Woods from students not in that attendance zone, preference will be given to those in overcrowded schools.

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Metra Reid, who lives with her husband and two children in the Westfields housing development, said during Tuesday's public meeting that open enrollment at the school will be a disservice to her children. When her family moved to the development three years ago, she said they were promised that the school would offer a high quality of education.

"It's not fair to penalize those of us who live in the development by just sending in whoever," Reid said. "We had such high expectations for the school."

She said children from families in other parts of the county do not value education as much as families in her neighborhood.

"When you buy a home in a neighborhood, you want people like yourselves," Reid said. "It's not fair to just let anyone just ship in whoever. Think about it before you let everyone and anybody go to that school."

Reid said her daughter attends a private preschool in Hagerstown and will attend Rockland Woods in its second year. Her son would enroll in the school's third year, she said.

Reid said her daughter is able to count into the hundreds and is learning to write. She said students from other areas of Washington County would not be at the same level when they enter kindergarten.

"It's not fair to put her in the classroom with 20 other children who won't know their alphabet," she said.


Russell F. Williams II, a former member of and a candidate for the Board of Education, spoke out against Reid's comments, saying that every child is entitled to a quality education. He said that a family's income does not dictate that family's expectations for their children or how much they value education.

"Do not tell us that ... undesirable elements must go to some other school," Williams said.

In response to Reid's comments, Board President Roxanne R. Ober said in an interview after the meeting that all of Washington County's public schools strive to offer the best possible education for students.

"I think all of our schools have a diverse population, which factors into the success of our schools," she said.

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Board Member Ruth Anne Callaham has said that open enrollment for the school was discussed to relieve overcrowding in other schools.

If Rockland Woods opened with only students in its attendance zone, it would have a population of about 470 students, Markoe said. The $25 million school will have capacity for 750 students when it opens in August. He said there will be about 23 students in each class, and 20 classroom teachers have been hired.

In order to keep class sizes low at Rockland Woods and other county schools, Markoe said some restrictions might be needed.

"We do feel like we need to be able to monitor and limit the number of students who would enter Rockland Woods," he said.

Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner said the board in the past has worked to limit how many students were granted special permission. Officials said Tuesday that it was unclear how long open enrollment would be in place at the school. Markoe said parents would have to reapply for permission each year.

Wagner said a cap needs to be placed on the total number of students admitted to the school, and perhaps even at each grade level.

"We worked really hard to decrease our special-permission students," Wagner said. "Here we have a situation where we are actually going out and recruiting kids to go to a school ... inviting them."
C/N: Some hoity-toity bitch moves into a new development of overpriced houses in my slightly rural neighborhood and then bitches about the fact that her "over intelligent" children might have to attend school with the local idiot children.

It ceases to amaze me when people have this kind of attitude. Makes me want slap this bitch in the back of the head.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:29 PM   #3
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She can pay for private school then.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:30 PM   #4
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look, heres my take on this situation. you tend to choose where you live based on the quality of schools in your district no? If so then anyone from another district should pass a test to get in. It really isnt fair if they do indeed end up with kids whose families dont care how they do.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:31 PM   #5
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Well, City people don't like Country people because they get stared at if they're not White Protestants.

What's worse?
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:35 PM   #6
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look, heres my take on this situation. you tend to choose where you live based on the quality of schools in your district no? If so then anyone from another district should pass a test to get in. It really isnt fair if they do indeed end up with kids whose families dont care how they do.
Actually, the schools are all run by the same school board, with the same principles and policies.

Also, any parent who is so apathetic about their child's education most likely will not take the time to fill out the application paperwork to send them to this new school.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:36 PM   #7
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Well, City people don't like Country people because they get stared at if they're not White Protestants.

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Also the country folk bring down the quality of the schools.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:37 PM   #8
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Did she not research the school system before she bought in that community?
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:41 PM   #10
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Another reason for school vouchers, too bad the teacher unions do everything in their powers to prevent competition.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:42 PM   #15
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People like her are ruining this country
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:43 PM   #16
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Also the country folk bring down the quality of the schools.
Same could be said about "Urban" city folk. IBthatsracist.

Stupid really. It has nothing to do with city versus country. It has to do with WAPCE vs regular people. Over-inflated senses of entitlement are what brings places down.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:45 PM   #17
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Same could be said about "Urban" city folk. IBthatsracist.

Stupid really. It has nothing to do with city versus country. It has to do with WAPCE vs regular people.
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Reminds me of redistricting debates that happened back in my HS days. Some idiot woman was on the news saying she didn't want kids from the apartments going to public school with her kids.

I remember this exchange:
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Same could be said about "Urban" city folk. IBthatsracist.

Stupid really. It has nothing to do with city versus country. It has to do with WAPCE vs regular people.
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Ok, here we go. This one hits home. My stepdaughter attended kindergarten at a private school. We moved, and enrolled her in public school. They wouldn't allow her to enter the 1st grade because she missed the birth date cut-off by 1 week. They wouldn't test her as advanced or anything like that. So she had to repeat kindergarten. She was bored the entire year. We taught her and advanced her learning on our own.

This year, she is attending 1st grade. She's still way ahead of the curve. Thankfully, there is an advanced reading program at the school. But the fact remains... she finds most of her schoolwork to be less than challenging. She's a 1st grader with the reading comprehension of a 3rd or 4th grader. Had she been advanced to 1st grade like she should have last year, she would have been better off.

Yes, it's a wonderful thing that good ol' "No Child Left Behind" Act.
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my public school bused in kids from the ghetto and from poorer farming communities. All they did was fight, cause problems, and generally act like a bunch of retards. And I don't blame them. It would be hard to be the only cowboy in a school of 3,000 or so stuck up white collar kids.

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i for one don't want my future chitlins being schooled with the jews or pakistanis.




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Well, City people don't like Country people because they get stared at if they're not White Protestants.

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bull****. I went to a rural school and had the ability to count well into the hundreds in kindergarten. Nobody actually taught me, it was just a concept I grasped easily. I was also reading chapter books before I even made it into kindergarten.

Don't tell me that rural kids are stupid. It's the children that fell out of her **** that will be bringing down the curve in 10 years.
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