Rockville City Council member Stephen N. Abrams has introduced legislation that would require real estate agents and developers to tell home buyers in writing which school districts serve their neighborhoods.
The bill is in response to complaints from home buyers in the Orchard Ridge subdivision, who told city officials that sales agents misinformed them about which schools their children would attend, Abrams said.
The Orchard Ridge subdivision, bounded by Ritchie Parkway and Seven Locks and Falls roads, was developed by Winchester Homes, city officials said. Officials said sales agents with Winchester Homes told residents that their children would go to schools west of Rte. I-270 that feed into Thomas S. Wootton High School. That district includes Robert Frost Intermediate School and Cold Spring, DuFief, Fallsmead, Lakewood, Ritchie Park and Travilah elementary schools.
But the subdivision lies in the Richard Montgomery High School district east of I-270, which includes Julius West Middle School and Beall, College Gardens and Twinbrook elementary schools, officials said.
Dale Ross, president of the Montgomery County Board of Realtors, said the board opposes the measure. He said it would place an unfair burden on builders because school boundaries frequently are redrawn to adjust for changing pupil populations.
Representatives with Winchester Homes could not be reached for comment.
A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 11.