NHS is No Longer a Guaranteed Option for the Northgate Community!
By Linda Loza
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Monday night the MDUSD School Board voted 3 to 2 to grant each 7th grade student attending Pine Hollow Middle School and Diablo View Middle School, resident status to the high school of their choice. (video time stamp 2:20.00)
This was a surprise motion presented by Board President Cheryl Hansen for agenda item #18.4, an agenda item that contained no information and no staff recommendation. The motion allowed 7th graders and their families to choose the high school of their choice from the five district high schools; Northgate, Concord, College Park, Mt. Diablo, and Ygnacio Valley. This choice would provide these students resident rights with no limits on number of students per school. By instituting this in 7th grade MDUSD has one extra year to find a way to accommodate these students at the school of their choice before they begin high school.
Pine Hollow has approximately 250 8th graders.
Diablo View Middle has approximately 250 8th graders.
Every year there will be 500 students picking a high school of their choice. That is 2,000 students over a four year period. Adding 200 students per year (800 over 4 years) to NHS does not seem far-fetched. This would push NHS’ enrollment to over 2,000.
Superintendent Meyer explained that to keep students from having to attend class in the hall and in the cafeteria, Northgate has been kept at a flat enrollment of about 1,600 students for the past couple of years (video time stamp 3:15.55). What will happen if NHS’s enrollment expands to 2100 students? Dr. Stuckey-Smith, Director of Student Services says enrollment will then be determined by a lottery… a lottery that includes all kids even those living next door to NHS.(video time stamp 3:04.45)
Dr. Meyer suggested we could have schools with 3,000 students like those found in San Ramon by adding classrooms and we could have shifting schedules so that the traffic would not be worse (just longer)(video time stamp 3:19.30). When questioned about whether there would be enough programs at a school with 3000 students, the Superintendent said that she didn’t want to go down that rabbit hole and followed her comment with kids could choose a smaller school – Not all kids, not the kids living in the Northgate area.(video time stamp 3:20.10)
Brian Lawrence’s Excellent Questions and Comments
2:33.30 “completely irresponsible”
Dr Stuckey-Smith still thinks that Crystyl Ranch requires a transfer into Northgate and has them listed on the transfer priority list in her Board presentation. How can that be? Crystyl Ranch has had permanent NHS resident status since 2006. We told her but she still doesn’t believe it…. MDUSD is too big to even know where kids go to school, they are too big to care about community meetings when discussing boundary changes, and they have proven once again they are too big to make good, well-informed decisions.
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