Bakersfield, California 2021-05-11 22:15:00 –
Kern County is a fast-growing community and the school is under tension.
This is the case for Del Oro High School, the 19th high school in the Khan High School district, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022. It opens at the intersection of Panama Lane and Cottonwood Road, just outside the city border on the southeastern corner of Bakersfield. And its debut could change the boundaries surrounding many of KHSD’s other school sites and change the family planning of those communities.
The school was originally built to alleviate overcrowding in nearby schools such as Miramonte, Golden Valley and Irvine High School. But when the district began sketching the boundaries of the new school, its managers realized that the problem of overcrowding was much greater.
“As we went through the process, we found that some schools were not adjacent to Del Oro, were significantly overcapacity and needed relief,” said Khan High School District Research and Planning Director. Roger Sanchez says.
Ridgeview and Highlands are currently over capacity, Sanchez said. There are no bonds and no plans for a new school.
Sanchez said school costs are rising rapidly. Del Oro costs twice as much as independence, he said.
A more economically friendly fix? School boundaries change.
“We are trying to give ourselves some room for breathing,” Sanchez said. “If we can do this right, we can buy our own time.”
These boundary changes can spread to the entire district, not just Del Oro and nearby schools. Sanchez says it’s a kind of domino effect. Changing the west side of one boundary affects the east side of another boundary, allowing you to cascade to the next school and the next. The Boundary Commission is examining all quadrants of the city.
In the long run, he said, it’s good for taxpayers and students alike. Overcrowded schools tend to face more disciplinary issues among students, with less time for lunch and less space for vacation and physical education. It affects quality of life and education. He said that sending students to a nearby school rather than getting them on the bus would help connect the school culture.
The district presented the plan to the Board in December, which approved a committee to consider comprehensive boundary changes. It consists of the school principal, members of the school’s site council, parents, and volunteers who previously served on the Boundary Committee.
“The Boundary Commission is in the early stages of working on the plan throughout the city,” said Brian Schaefer, KHSD’s overseer.
If you look at the map of the borders of Khan High School without knowing anything about the community or history, some quirks are immediately noticeable.
The northeastern corner of the city resembles a checkerboard in that the boundaries between East Bakersfield and Highland High School alternate. This means that some Lacresta / Altavista students will pass the Scottish territory of Highland Island between Columbus Street and Highway 178 on their way to East Bakersfield High School.
“That’s the kind of thing we’re trying to fix,” Sanchez said.
A long-standing habit of Bakersfield High School boundaries is what is known as a ladder. The school borders appear to have L lying sideways. The excavator territory crosses the city center before plunging into Quailwood, Ann Burton, Stockdale Estate, Olde Stockdale, and Laurel Glen.
Some of the ladders are close to Stockdale High School, and many students pass West High on their way to school. Maps leaked from the commission show that these neighborhoods have been redrawn for West High.
Sanchez said the proposal emphasizes students attending nearby schools and balancing admissions. However, he emphasized that the maps are not suggestions and that their data are also incorrect.
“These maps are very fooled,” he said. “It caused more confusion.”
Anyway, the ghost of turning this important slice of Driller Nation has already mobilized parents, who are ready to protest what moves the boundaries. Many of them are drillers in their own right, and some have been digging deeper for generations.
Quailwood resident Sarah Cade can trace her driller pedigree back to her great-grandmother who worked at school. She remembered early on that she participated in a soccer match, and her grandparents bought a commemorative brick. It’s not uncommon for her to not want her children to go to West High — that she always expected them to carry on the tradition of drillers.
“We don’t want it to end with us,” she said.
Laura Oesch, a resident of Stockdale Estates, has a daughter who is currently a freshman at BHS and two young children who want a complete Driller experience, including an extensive list of choices such as French for four years. Being a competitive power in activities like Virtual Enterprise.
“We have moved to these areas to go to BHS,” Oesch said.
The pair worked together to fight plans to move the neighborhood off school boundaries, and they said many of their neighbors were also worried about future plans.
Caid ordered 50 signs that said, “Once you become a Driller, stay with the Driller.” But when she advertised she was ready to pick her up, she was flooded with more requests, so she ordered another 100. Oesch and Caid have petitioned parents outside their neighborhood schools to inform them of possible future changes.
Many parents wrote to the board, and Oesch’s letter was read in public comments last week as a representative letter.
Schaefer assured the public and the board that the weekly Attendance Boundary Committee had almost finished its proposal.
Sanchez said the committee is currently in the process of refining its proposal and will host three public forums in late June or early July. Schaefer said there are options for both face-to-face and livestreaming meetings.
The committee then announced its final plan in August, and residents have the opportunity to express their views, Sanchez said. The goal is to allow the board to vote on the final boundaries of September. This will notify your family one year in advance.
Sanchez knows that his job is almost impossible and not everyone will be happy.
“We are seeing what makes sense,” he said. “We are trying to see it from a logical point of view.”
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