Leaders of the Rosemary Hills Elementary School community in Silver Spring plan to seek reversal of a decision by the Montgomery County Board of Education to shift another school's specialized program to Rosemary Hills.
Joan Donahue, an attorney for the group of parents, said the Maryland State Board of Education will be asked to block the shift of the so-called magnet program from North Chevy Chase Elementary to Rosemary Hills.
The Montgomery board originally decided to close Rosemary Hills, but that move was blocked in June when the state board said it would place an inordinate burden on minority students who attend the school.
The county board is contesting the state board's action in court, but pending the outcome of the appeal decided to close both North Chevy Chase and Rollingwood elementaries and move the North Chevy Chase magnet program, in which pupils from kindergarten through sixth grade are grouped by skill level in language arts, social studies and math classes, to Rollingwood.
Donahue said yesterday the Rosemary Hills group feels that decision "should be set aside because it is inconsistent with the state board opinion on Rosemary Hills."
Donahue and Marla Fogelman, a member of the group, said they would prefer to return to a pairing in which pupils attended kindergarten through second grade at Rosemary Hills and third through sixth grade at Chevy Chase or Parkwood elementaries.
Parents at North Chevy Chase argue that the program might attract fewer pupils if shifted to Rosemary Hills. A group from North Chevy Chase has already asked the state board to keep its school open, arguing in part that the local board failed to follow state guidelines that say a thorough assessment should be made of the impact a school closing would have.