What is NUSD?
The new Northgate Unified School District (NUSD) would include five traditional public school campuses (Bancroft, Valle Verde, Walnut Acres, Foothill, and Northgate). Students who live in the attendance area of any one of the listed schools would be included in the the new district. NUSD would have approximately 4,200 students. Half of all school districts in CA have fewer than 2,500 students, NUSD would be larger than approximately 70% of all school districts in the state. In comparison, MDUSD currently enrolls approximately 32,000 students from a territory that covers approximately 150 square miles, spanning 10 different communities, including all or portions of Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Martinez, Bay Point, Clyde, and Pacheco. MDUSD is one of the largest 25 – 30 districts in the state. Studies confirm that districts can become so large that economies of scale are lost and student achievement declines.
NUSD would be governed by a five-member school board elected from within the boundaries of NUSD through the county election process. They would have staggered, four-year terms, and would conduct business as governed by the Ed Code and other laws applicable to public governing authorities. A Board elected from the community would provide greater accountability and would better understand the needs of our students, teachers, school sites, and families.