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Central Unified changing boundaries to compensate for student population growth

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The Central Unified School District is making big changes to adjust for a booming student population. (KFSN)

The Central Unified School District is making big changes to adjust for a booming student population.

It took less than five minutes for board members to agree-- boundary changes at this school district are long overdue.

"It's a victory for the kids and community. It provides the neighborhood schools that will foster that neighborhood feel," said Kelly Porterfield, Asst. Superintendent.

Without the changes, some schools were projected to house more than 1,000 students in the next six years. Now, the students will be dispersed more evenly throughout the district to avoid overcrowding in classrooms.

"It'll be very positive to make these changes. Unfortunately, you know, it will affect some students that have been going to a school for a very long time," said Judee Martinez, Teacher Association President.

The most significant change affects Tilley Elementary that's currently being used as an overflow site. Some kids take long bus rides from across the city, but now students from neighboring areas are slated for attendance.

"Tilley is currently open, but it is primarily a portable school site. So it's made out of all portables. We have permanent plans that have been approved by the division state architect and we're ready to construct. We just need to have the money," said Porterfield.

Porterfield said construction for the school will depend on the passage of a state-wide bond and possibly a local bond to eventually raise the money.

The changes go into effect next school year.

Students can apply for transfer and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

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