School Boundary Meeting - Oak Meadows

I attended the school boundary meeting this evening at Oak Meadows Elementary. This one was sparsely attended compared to Monday's meet...

I attended the school boundary meeting this evening at Oak Meadows Elementary.

This one was sparsely attended compared to Monday's meeting at Ridgemoor. By the time the meeting started at 6:00pm, I counted 10 adults in the audience, not counting their kids, and not counting myself and nor the district faculty. The meeting ended just 30 minutes later, and by that time another 5 adults had trickled in.

The presentation was pretty much the same as Monday's, except abbreviated to cover only the new boundaries for Oak Meadows, since the attendance was so small.

One person in the audience mentioned Measure B, and the district wanting to wait until after the results of the Feb 5 vote, and Linda Callaway, the superintendent, quickly stated that this meeting was only about the boundary changes, and not Measure B.

Callaway then went on to clarify that the boundary changes were being made due to the introduction of the two new elementary schools, #8 and #11.

I responded with the question, "Is it then correct to say that the boundary changes has nothing to do with the district's plans to move to a single track?"

Dan Wood replied "Not directly".

Callaway added that while the move to a single track doesn't really affect the boundary changes at this point, it will make it possible to implement the single track down the road.

But, if the boundary changes has nothing to do with moving to a single track calendar, then why does Ridgemoor's boundaries have to change? Why can't the new elementary school in Quail Valley relieve the attendance at Menifee Elementary, and leave Ridgemoor's attendance alone?

On the other hand, if the move to a single track calendar is indeed what's driving all this, then I agree the district needs to shrink Ridgemoor's boundaries. In that regards, I think the "Todd Reed Proposal", is a good idea, where the district can define new boundaries for Ridgemoor, but only enforce them with new students.

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