9th grade boundaries may shift

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals If approved, the change will affect only incoming freshmen. There will be an exception for freshmen siblings of Highland students who want to go to the same school that older brothers or sisters are attending, trustee Donita Winn said. The boundary change – affecting an area generally bounded by Sierra Highway and the freeway south of Avenue P – would reduce crowding at Highland, where enrollment is expected to reach around 4,000 next school year, officials said. More than 3,700 are currently enrolled at Highland. Moving students to Palmdale High also will free up space at Highland for students coming from the 5,000-home Anaverde and 7,200-home Ritter Ranch master-plan communities in southwest Palmdale. Palmdale High’s enrollment is 3,200 now, but the campus has room for 3,900, said Larry Freise, coordinator of attendance and special projects. “The idea is: Could we make an attendance boundary adjustment that might work into future adjustments that will be necessary when we open our ninth high school?” Freise said. The district’s ninth campus is proposed for 70 acres in southeast Palmdale bounded by Pearblosssom Highway, Avenue T-8 and 47th Street East and is scheduled to open in 2008. The ninth high school will draw students from both Palmdale and Knight campuses, further reducing Palmdale’s enrollment, Freise said. “By shifting that boundary, we can alleviate the immediate problem (at Highland) and also set up for the division of the area when we build high school No. 9, ” Beattie said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – To balance school enrollments and accommodate an influx of students from west-side housing tracts, high school attendance boundaries may shift between Highland High School and Palmdale High School. Antelope Valley Union High School District officials are considering moving the dividing line from Sierra Highway to the Antelope Valley Freeway for next school year, potentially affecting 250 incoming freshmen. “We are going to have to make adjustments as soon as next fall to the boundary between Palmdale and Highland to accommodate the influx of new students from the west side of the freeway,” trustee Al Beattie said. “The 14 Freeway will become the divider for all new incoming freshmen.” The board will take action on the proposed boundary change at its next meeting in December. last_img