Members of the Prince George's County school board were still wondering last weeek why their decision to close 10 elementary schools created so much bitterness when so many citizens had been involved in the school-closing process.
"This process was more democratic than ever before. We involved thousands of parents. But next time we'll do it better," said school board chairman Jesse J. Warr Jr. in the wake of the school closing battle.
"I hope we can iron out some of the problems so the next time our decision will be a little easier . . . without so much bitterness," said school board member Maureen K. Steinecke.
When it became apparent that a number of Prince George's schools would have to be closed, the school board carefully made plans to give parents a voice in the decisions.
But when it came time to decide which schools would be shut down, the nine school board members fced nearly 400 angry parents as they voted to close the 10 schools. Each time the board voted, the crowd groaned.
At the beginning of the process, task forces that included parents were created to study which shools should be closed. Their recommendations were turned over to superintendent Edward J. Feeney, who then made his own recommendations.
[TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] 37 from Fairmont Heights area to Cheverly-Tuxedo Elementary; 66 from Highview Terrace Apartments to J. Enos Ray Elementary; 62 from Riggs Manor Apartments to Lewisdale.
College Park Elementary has 185 pupils who will be transferred to these schools: 80 from College Park area to University Park Elementary; 62 from College Park Estates area to Berwyn Heights Elementary; 43 from Chapel Oaks area to Berwyn Heights Elementary.
Holly Park Elementary has 200 students who will be transferred as follows: 135 from Holly Park Elementary grades (kindergarten-six grade) to Hollywood Elementary; 65 from orthopedic unit to Catherine T. Reed Elementary.
Whitehall Elementary has 512 pupils who will be transferred to these schools: 82 from the Chapel Forge area to Chapel Forge Elementary; 158 from the Whitehall lower section to Meadowbrook Elementary; 87 from the Whitehall upper section to Rockledge Elementary; 33 from the Glenarden Woods area to Yorktown Elementary; 21 from Belair Townhouses in Glenn Dale to Chapel Forge Elementary; 50 from the Idlewild section of Glenn Dale to Yorktown Elementary; 81 from the Idlewild section and from the Belair Townhouses and the Seabrook area to Yorktown Elementary.
Fox Hill Elementary has 263 students who will be transferred to the following schools: 153 from Kenilworth, Longridge and the Highland Park area to Kenilworth Elementary; 110 from the Fox Hill and Somerset sections to Tulip Grove Elementary.
Somerset Elementary has 287 pupils who will now go to the following schools: 200 from the Somerset area to Buckingham Elementary; 35 from the Highland Park area to Kenilworth Elementary; 52 from the Somerset section to Tulip Grove Elementary.
Glenn Dale Elementary has 375 students who will go to these schools; 142 from the Glenn Dale Heights area to James McHenry Elementary; 81 from Glenn Willow and Booker T. Homes to Landover Hills Elementary; 21 from Belair Townhouses to Chapel Forge Elementary; 50 from the Idlewild area to Yorktown Elementary; 81 from the Idlewild section. Belair Townhouses and Seabrook to Yorktown Elementary.
Palmer Park Elementary has 451 students who will be transferred as follows: 365 students from Palmer Park to William Paca; 86 from Dresden Green and Good Luck Estates to Robert Frost Elementary.