To address growing enrollment and long-standing equity issues, the Sequoia Union High School District will discuss changing the open enrollment policy, along with considering boundary changes at tonight’s meeting.
The two discussions come as a result of an ongoing process to address growing enrollment, which according to a study, will grow from 8,200 students currently to 10,000 students in 2020.
These recommended changes to the district’s open enrollment policy are in line with recent board discussions that will allow for a greater number of graduating Ravenswood students to attend Menlo-Atherton High School and more graduating Tierra Linda Middle School students to attend Carlmont High School.
As boundary discussions continue, these interim changes will need to be revised once any boundary changes are acted upon, according to a staff report.
Currently, Superintendent Jim Lianides is in the process of meeting with school site faculties across the district, according to the report.
Potential school boundary changes most directly affect three communities within the district: Ravenswood City Elementary District and the North Fair Oaks neighborhood, both of which sends its students to three different high schools, and Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos. A tentative map will be brought to the board in November, followed by meetings to give input into the map. There will be no vote on these issues at tonight’s meeting.
The board said there is a need to adopt a revised open enrollment policy by no later than early October to adequately alert families to the proposed changes for the 2014-15 school year. A facilities task force will also meet beginning Sept. 27 to explore options such as boundary changes, open enrollment or even opening a new school to address the growth. The board has also discussed the possibility of seeking a construction bond to go on the June 2014 ballot that would pay for the additional classrooms and site infrastructure.
The board will meet tonight, 5:30 p.m. at the Birch Conference Center, 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.