Tuesday, March 25, 2008

School district draws criticism

The proposed boundaries for a three-high school Tracy Unified School District (see them for yourself, here) don't seem to be very popular with the parents.

More than a few parents have commented that the jigsaw-patterned boundary lines seem to defy common sense, as some studnets who live in sight of the to-be-built John C. Kimball High School won't actually go to school there.

Unfortunately, common sense doesn't always work when crunching the numbers. The district is working around several factors involving present, projected school population and the eventual departure of Mountain House students. It's a bit like trying to decipher Viking runes.

Of course, that doesn't seem to excuse some decisions, like not sending students of the magnet arts Poet Christian School to Tracy High, which features an arts academy.

If you want to tell the district what you think of the proposed boundaries before it's too late, the next meeting for feedback is at 7 p.m. April 2 at Freiler Elementary School, 2421 W. Lowell Ave. So speak now, or forever hold your peace.

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