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Should Pasadena Unified Change It's School Attendance Boundary Lines?

Community input is needed at Pasadena Unified Master Plan/Boundary Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Members of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) community and residents of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre are invited to provide input on potential school attendance boundaries at the first meeting of the PUSD Board Master Plan/Boundary Subcommittee April 1 at 6 p.m. at the PUSD Education Center, 351 S. Hudson Avenue, Pasadena.

With an eye toward shifting residential demographics within PUSD and the lopsided distribution of students at district campuses, the PUSD Board of Education created a Master Plan/Boundary Subcommittee  to study possible school attendance boundary scenarios and other master planning issues for the district. The board subcommittee will be chaired by Dr. Mikala Rahn with Ms. Kimberly Kenne and Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy also serving on the committee.

This limited term subcommittee has been tasked with the following:

  • Examine feeder patterns and enrollment data, population data and school configurations.
  • Maximize school size/facilities, specialty programs and neighborhood capacity.
  • Examine where specialty programs are needed based on district value statements.
  • Examine strategies for increased enrollment at secondary level.
  • Focus on strategies for under-capacity, small schools.
  • Community outreach and public input on various boundary scenarios.

The committee will develop recommendations for the full board by September 2014 for school attendance boundaries starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Event: PUSD Master Plan/Boundary Subcommitee Meeting

Date/Time: 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Location: Elbie J Hickambottom Board Room (Room 236), 351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena

—Pasadena Unified School District

navigio April 01, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I think it's a bad idea to 'maximize school size/facilities' as I expect this means getting as many students into every school as possible (ie as allowed by 'capacity'). In reality, many of our schools do not have campuses that can properly serve as many kids as could fit into their classrooms. The priority should be maximizing serving kids needs not maximizing serving facilities and budget needs.
James Mullally April 01, 2014 at 12:48 PM
As always, we major on the minors. Public School population is falling because there are other options out there. Think of it as a restaurant that used to have a good menu, people were nourished, and it was good. Over the years, people who "knew better" started to legally interfere. They changed the recipes, let the facilities get shabby, didn't listen to the customers, and now the menu sucks. The only reason they are still in business is because the law requires it (that is a polite way of saying they are forced). I volunteer at PHS quite a lot, and have a number of friends who also volunteer a lot. The Teachers are Great, The Administration is Great, the Students (with a few exceptions) are Great, so what is wrong? The menu! It is restricted by "legal opinions" against "salt and light". I have heard that just about everyone has an opinion, and most of you know the value of those opinions, so why do we put up with them when they "Legally" harm our kids, not just now, but also in the future. Physically extending the boundaries of regulated reach will not help if the menu is making them sick. (Just my opinion.)
Jan Strutt Hart April 01, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Note to proofreader: It's "its" boundaries.

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