Ridgemoor School Boundary Meeting

I attended the meeting this evening at the School District Board Room, and the place was jammed with folks. It looked as if every parent in...

I attended the meeting this evening at the School District Board Room, and the place was jammed with folks. It looked as if every parent in Menifee Hills showed up, probably about 250 people there.

The board room was over capacity. It has a sign that read "Maximum Capacity 58", and I'd say there was double that, maybe more. Good thing the fire department wasn't there, or they would've kicked everyone out. There was another 125 or so that had to stand outside.

Bruce Shaw, the director of facilities tried to accommodate everyone there despite not being able to. I heard one woman argue that this meeting needed to be rescheduled to give every concerned parent an opportunity to hear. Shaw couldn't respond.

The board invited folks to speak, including those standing outside, and several people did. Unfortunately, I couldn't hear any of it, being at the back of the room. There was just too many people. It seems the PA system the board uses is rather weak; I think they tried to turn up the volume, but it still couldn't project. It was just not designed for large audiences.

People eagerly waited to hear the board talk about the proposed boundary changes, but there wasn't any discussion. They explained that they would discuss the boundary changes next week, Monday, January 14, 2008, 6:00pm, at Ridgemoor Elementary School, Multipurpose Room.

A couple other people I talked to expressed pessimism, saying the school board already have their minds made up.

For a background on this subject, see my earlier article, "Ridgemoor School Boundary Change".

Ridgemoor School Boundary Meeting
Just prior to the meeting.


Ridgemoor School Boundary Meeting
Inside the board room.


Ridgemoor School Boundary Meeting
Folks who couldn't get into the board room.

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