Clovis Unified releases first draft for new proposed boundaries

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Clovis Unified releases first draft for new proposed boundaries
Clovis Unified released two draft proposals for new boundaries throughout the district on Friday.

CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) -- Clovis Unified has released two draft proposals for new boundaries throughout the district.

They lay out which schools students could attend in Fall 2025.

Scenario one shows the area between Tollhouse, Herndon, and Thompson avenues moving from Buchanan High to Clovis High, while scenario A keeps that area within Buchanan's boundary.

Both scenarios have a majority of what is now Clovis East going to Clovis South and a neighborhood between Willow and Maple going to Clovis West rather than Clovis North.

"Neither one of those maps are the maps that we're ultimately going to settle on, I'm sure, just based on previous experience," spokesperson for the district, Kelly Avants, said.

Avants explained that these new boundaries were made necessary by the new campus opening.

They are also trying to utilize existing space better.

Some campuses near new communities with many young families are overcrowded, while some schools near established neighborhoods have room to spare.

"If you live in our communities, you don't have to go far to see that we have areas that are growing; we have areas that are shrinking."

Avants says the district looked at five key factors when deciding on the proposed boundaries:

  • Maximize existing facility space
  • Value neighborhood schools and keeping neighb
  • orhoods together

  • Reduce operational expense
  • Create boundaries that will last for 5-10 years
  • Balance enrollment across high school areas
  • If the boundaries stay as they are now, the district says enrollment balance will only worsen.

    To see how your address is affected, use this interactive map.

    "You start seeing these enrollment intensities over the next 5-7 years where that dark area is where we are up to 150% over our enrollment capacity that means bathrooms are stretched, multi-purpose rooms, lunch rooms don't have room for kids," Avants explained.

    Families will be able to learn more about the proposed boundaries and weigh in on them at community meetings at each of the Clovis Unified high schools.

    Two meetings will be livestreamed.

    Comments and concerns will be considered as the district draws up the final proposed boundary map, which will be revealed at the end of March and presented to the Clovis Unified Governing Board at the beginning of April.

    Families will have until April 12 to comment on the final map, and the Governing Board will vote on it on April 17.

    The district emphasized that once the map is finalized in April, there is still over a year to adjust to the new boundaries, and every principal will be excited to welcome your child.

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