Saturday November 16 @ 12 noon Tot Lot Rally:
- Official Press Release
- Rally to show support of our neighborhood: Tot Lot RH4 (down path off of River Run near intersection with Summer Sunrise)
- Show up in tie-dye with signs in support of keeping our neighborhood kids at a neighborhood school!
Thursday November 14:
- The Board of Education passed a motion 4-3 in favor of moving Polygons 64, 1064, 129, and 1129 to Swansfield Elementary. This is not a final vote, and there is still time to push back on this change that would create an island in violation of Policy 6010 and move our 25-year-old neighborhood away from our nearby community schools.
Monday September 23:
- A reminder that our Pointers United verbal testimony to the BOE will be on Tuesday September 24th at 7:00 pm. The BOE is located at 10910 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042.
You can still register to speak as an individual until 4pm Monday. To register, call the Board Office at 410-313-7346, 1584 or 7194, or appear in person at the Board Office (10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City).
- You are encouraged to attend Tuesday night's hearing and welcome to bring your kids. Wear Tie Dye. We currently have speaking slots 5-10, so we should be done with our testimony around 7:40pm. You can also watch the hearing online or on TV (Verizon 42, Comcast 95).
Sunday September 15:
- Updated Sample Letters to BOE. Pick a letter, download and customize it, then send it in! This is the single most important thing you can do!
Wednesday September 11:
- The River Hill Community Association has decided to support our cause! "The Association's Board of Directors unanimously agreed to submit written and verbal testimony at the Board of Education hearings on September 24 and 26 in support of keeping students from the village together rather than moving them to schools outside the community."
Learn more the RHCA announcement here
Saturday September 7:
Time to order your Tie-Dye T-Shirts to show unity at the BOE hearings! On Amazon, go to Koloa Surf Co. Colorful Tie-Dye T-Shirts and select color "Rainbow."
- Added Media section, including letters to Baltimore Sun by Amy Becker and Chad Hawthorne.
Tuesday September 3:
- We successfully secured the first 5 speaking slots at the September 24 public hearing. We are beginning to work on the group presentation. If you're interested in being one of the group speakers, get in touch through Facebook or the Google Group. Other individuals within the group are encouraged to speak separately, too.
Added link to join the Google Group email list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pointersunited/join.
Why you should join in the movement.
The Howard County Board of Education has called for redistricting to occur in Howard County to become effective in the ‘20-’21 school year. Full details of the process can be found at https://www.hcpss.org/school-planning/boundary-review/. The Feasibility Study in June recommended splitting the neighborhood of Pointers Run in three different options sending neighbors on the same streets to different schools within our community. Superintendent Martirano's proposed plan includes a different set of moves that would send our entire neighborhood to Swansfield Elementary, the 4th closest elementary school to our neighborhood. We don’t like either option.
Who is Pointers United?
We are the Pointers Run neighbors between Grace Drive / Quiet Night Ride and Trotter Road / Summer Sunrise who oppose the Feasibility Study options and Martirano’s proposal. This neighborhood is made up of 4 “polygons” that are used to assign attendance areas by the BOE. We are polygons 64, 1064, 129, and 1129. There are roads that connect each of these polygons with next door neighbors on the same street but in different polygons. Our desire is to persuade the BOE to consider these 4 polygons one unbreakable neighborhood during the redistricting process and keep us in our community schools.
Pointers United Ground Rules:
- We will be respectful of each other.
- We will be respectful of the process, the BOE, the Superintendent, and the County.
- We value diversity of Howard County and our schools.
- Our neighborhood is comprised of polygons 64, 1064, 129, and 1129 and we will advocate to keep our neighborhood together in community schools (Pointers Run Elementary or Clarksville Elementary) as defined by Policy 6010.
- We will propose solutions to the overcrowding issues and to improve educational equity in the county without wholesale redistricting across the county. We will advocate for policies that bring communities together and keep communities together in neighborhood schools.
- We will work with other residents in the county that both oppose the Superintendent’s redistricting plan and respect the process.
- As a group, we will not advocate to specifically move another (populated) neighborhood out of PRES.
What are we fighting for?
We see the importance of keeping students in their community schools without dividing that community in arbitrary and damaging ways. We need to urge the board to keep our neighborhood together at either of our neighborhood schools, Pointers Run or Clarksville Elementary.
When do you need to get involved?
We need to act now! The redistricting process is in full swing. The BOE will make their final decision on November 21st. Between now and then there will be 3 public forum feedback sessions, and several BOE meetings to discuss the options, and anyone can write to the BOE to offer their feedback on this entire process.
Board Public Hearing dates:
Board Work Session dates:
- Tuesday, September 17, 7 p.m.
Families currently zoned for Centennial HS, Howard HS, Mt. Hebron HS, Oakland Mills HS
- Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m.
Families currently zoned for Atholton HS, Hammond HS, Long Reach HS, Wilde Lake HS
- Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Families currently zoned for Glenelg HS, Marriotts Ridge HS, Reservoir HS, River Hill HS
- Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, November 18: Preliminary decision
How should you get involved and stay up to date?
- Join our Facebook group Pointers United for updates, sample letters of testimony, dates and times of BOE meetings and public forums.
- Join our Google Group / email list to stay up-to-date on the latest discussion and group plans.
- Sign our petition or download your own copy and go door to door. Turn in signed petitions to Amy Becker.
- Distribute our flyer with the key information from this page to neighbors.
- Hang signs around the neighborhood to spread awareness. Example Sign or Another Example Sign or make your own! We want as many people to know as possible.
- Sign up to testify at the public feedback forum on September 24. You can sign up in person or by phone starting at 8am on September 3. Call the Board Office at 410-313-7346, 1584 or 7194, or appear in person at the Board Office (10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
- Attend the public forum on September 24 wearing a tie dye shirt (Koloa Surf Co. Colorful Tie-Dye T-Shirts, Color: Rainbow) and holding a Pointers United sign to show support for the members of our group who will testify. We don’t all need to speak. If we can have 50 or 100 people stand when 1 person is speaking it sends a powerful message!
- Attend BOE meetings wearing a tie dye shirt and holding a Pointers United sign.
- Send in written personal testimony to email@example.com. This is a chance for you to express your own personal preferences. If you prefer to stay at Pointers Run, we will help outline the best arguments to stay there and you can use your own. If you prefer to move to Clarksville we will help outline the best arguments and you can use your own as well. Go to Sample Letters
- Get a Pointers United sign and put it in your front yard as a sign of solidarity and to spread awareness to neighbors who are unaware of this redistricting process and the impact it has on our neighborhood.
Sample Letters to Board of Education
Use these samples as a starting point for written testimony to the Board of Education. This is the single most important thing you can do! The more input from our neighborhood, the more the board is likely to consider our situation closely.
Click to download sample letters:
How to submit testimony using the sample letters:
- Download .docx file
- Customize with your full name and polygon number (find using the school locator)
- Save or print to PDF (optional but a good idea to ensure BOE can open)
- Attach PDF to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to attach the letter to the email; if you just put the text of the letter in the body of the email, your entire e-mail and e-mail address will become part of the public record.