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Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) has contracted with FLO Analytics to conduct a system wide school boundary review. This review is due to an increase in enrollment and special program needs over the past five years (2015-2019) . These increases have resulted in overcrowding at some schools, while others are underutilized. Throughout the process, HCPS will request input from the parents/guardians, students, staff, community, and other stakeholders. The first step in a boundary review is to survey a sample of Harford County families. The survey will determine expectations and values across the school system. This survey will be conducted via phone with parents and guardians. Critical Data, a sub-contractor for FLO Analytics, will identify a statistical representation of the student population (racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, geographical distribution, and educational program). Selected guardians will be contacted between January 11 and February 26, 2021. In addition, a web survey has been developed to provide all stakeholders an opportunity to participate in the process if you are not included in the phone survey.

The boundary review process is necessary to optimize facility utilization, or more simply, to make sure our buildings are being used to serve students in the best way possible. It is anticipated that the boundary review will take approximately 9 months. At the conclusion of the 9 months, the results and recommendations will be presented to the Superintendent. At that time, the Superintendent will hold public hearings and make the Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board of Education. We anticipate this will occur in the Spring of 2021. The Board of Education will continue to engage the public through February of 2022 prior to reaching a final decision on boundary adjustments. We anticipate the approved adjustments will go into effect for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

Our top priority is to make boundary adjustments equitable and focused on student’s success. Your input and participation from the beginning of the process are essential and necessary to ensure the success of this review. Please continue to remain engaged and check back for regular updates here.

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