Redrawing School Boundary Lines

February 5, 2009 8:10:16 PM PST
Fresno Unified parents, teachers and staff are met on Thursday to talk about redrawing school boundary lines. Some say this will correct over-crowding, others believe there has to be another way. Redrawing school lines could mean some students will have to change schools. Ruth Quinto said Fresno Unified wants to do away with long bus rides by re-drawing district boundaries.

"Right now, all of our middle school kids from here literally are on a bus for an hour, hour and a half everyday."

Quinto believes redrawing school lines will give students more stability.

"So that groups of kids in elementary schools know who they'll be attending school with in the middle school level and the high school level and unfortunately we don't have that now."

The plan would transfer nearly 750 students from over-crowed high schools to those with more room starting in September. Parent Julie Sanchez thinks it could be done differently.

"They should start it in the 9th grade, so they don't get used to being here and get sent somewhere else."

School board member Carol Mills said the plan fails to improve schools or to balance school populations.

"We're not really achieving the boundary areas we are trying to achieve."

Under the proposed boundary plan, students with Powers Elementary and Wawona Middle will no longer go to Fresno High. Instead they will come here to Bullard. Mills is afraid new boundary designs will disrupt the international baccalaureate program, designed to promote international learning and education.

"The community has spent at least 8 years setting up these programs including Wawona and to have the middle schools baccalaureate program feed into a non-IB high school does not make academic sense."

Quinto said changing feeder schools will not mean the end of the program. She says students will be allowed to attend Fresno high if they want to continue the I.B. program.

Another major component to the proposal is building a new high school in Southeast Fresno. School administrators say because of new housing four schools are extremely overcrowded.

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School Attendance Boundary Meetings Information

The meetings will be specific to the proposed high school areas which can be viewed here.

The proposed feeder pattern information can be viewed here.

Fresno Unified School District Website

February 5, 2009 - 6:30 PM - Bullard High School Area
To be held at Wawona Middle School Auditorium

February 10, 2009 - 6:30 PM - Fresno High School Area
To be held at Williams Elementary School Auditorium

February 12, 2009 - 6:30 PM - Hoover High School Area
To be held at Ahwahnee Middle School Auditorium

February 17, 2009 - 6:30 PM - McLane High School Area
To be held at Scandinavian Middle School Auditorium

February 18, 2009 - 6:30 PM - New SE High School Area
To be held at Terronez Middle School Auditorium

February 19, 2009 - 6:30 PM - Sunnyside High School Area
To be held at Kings Canyon Middle School Auditorium

February 24, 2009 - 6:30 PM - Roosevelt High School Area
To be held at Anthony Elementary School Auditorium

February 26, 2009 - 6:30 PM - Edison High School Area
To be held at Edison High School Auditorium

Written feedback is also invited via email to Communications@fresnounified.org or mail to Lisa LeBlanc, FUSD Facilities Department, 4600 N. Brawley, Fresno, CA 93722.

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