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August 5, 2009 > Proposed boundary change

Proposed boundary change

By Dustin Findley

Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) Superintendent Karl Black, at the July 14 board meeting, presented for discussion proposed boundary changes to attendance areas. He said he will bring the item back for public hearing at the August board meeting.

Black showed a diagram for the current attendance boundaries for the district.

The Transit Area Plan for the most part is a plan to knock down existing buildings and build new.

There will be development at Piper Drive, right by the Great Mall, behind the railroad tracks. There's not a lot of buildings there, there's open space, Black explained.

The problem is that Sinnott Elementary School has over 700 students, and Zanker Elementary School will probably be near 700 by the time Piper Drive is developed.

These developments are about 1200 residential units. Black does not believe that it is the district's best interest to send the students from these units to Sinnott, and overcrowd Sinnott or Zanker.

Techincally, when MUSD builds a new elementary school in the transit area, the students in the aforementioned development would go there, but the time for that new elementary school is unknown.

Black recommended that the district extend the attendance boundary for Randall Elementary to absorb the students from the Piper Drive development.

Randall only has 425 students. The distance from Piper Drive to Randall is pretty close to the same distance as Piper Drive to Sinnott, Black said.

Currently, there are no students and no houses in the area that is being developed, so making this change will not affect any existing resident. Black stated This is the best time to do this kind of boundary change. Hold a public hearing in August, and if the board and the public approve take action.

Black believes that once the new elementary school is complete there will be a considerable boundary change. "All of the boundaries are probably going to have to change in the district to accommodate that new school" he said.

The new school will be sitting in the Zanker Elementary School area, so the district will have to make changes.

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