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Howard Redistricting Comparison

Howard High School District comprises mostly of single-family homes in high-income areas, with two small exceptions (Figure 1). Directly south of the high school building is a lower income neighborhood of walkers, and on the eastern end of the district is a neighborhood including some apartment buildings in Elkridge. 

Figure 1 - Current Howard HS District

Figure 2 - Feasibility Study Proposed Howard HS District

Directly to the south of the district lie the lower-income houses of Long Reach School district. 

The two high school buildings (Howard in black and Long Reach in grey) are located close to each other, and either could be the building for either district. The Long Reach district is shown in Figure 1. Whereas both Howard and Long Reach districts are over enrolled, some students need to be moved out.

The Feasibility Study proposed moving out the low-income students in the east (Elkridge and some high-income students on the south side (Figure 2). The FS also added wealthy neighborhoods to the north. 

The AAC proposals also left out the lower income Elkridge areas despite considerable organized opposition from the residents there (Figure 3). 

Figure 3 - AAC1 Howard HS District

Figure 4 - AAC2 Howard HS District

They responded to objections from the south side of the district, and moved them back in, and moved out those on the north side. 

The AAC also moved a high-income area (Glenmont) into Oakland Mills, joining those in neighboring Thunderhill who were already there. 

This side of the neighborhood voiced a concern that having high school students take the bus to Oakland Mills was dangerous and wasteful, although similar concerns were not raised about the elementary students in the same neighborhood riding the bus to Thunderhill (a high-income school), instead of attending the walkable Phelps Luck (a low-income school).

In the second iteration, the AAC2 (Figure 4) moved Glenmont back to Howard High School district. 

Figure 5 - Alternative Howard HS District

Currently, Howard High School has only about 16% FARM, but the proposals would decrease it to 13%.  Meanwhile neighboring Long Reach district is about 38% FARM.

An alternative district (Figure 5) keeps Elkridge together and removes some of the wealthier neighborhoods to the north and south. 

In this proposal, some of the northern side of Howard High School district is moved to Oakland Mills and some of the southern side is moved to Long Reach. 

As a result, Howard High School district would increase to 26% FARM.