Westside schools:
Boundary meeting, then back to BOE

       A public-input meeting on new, staff-proposed District 11 attendance-area boundaries Thursday, April 2 at Coronado High School is the last of three such gatherings this week, and then the matter will go before the Board of Education (BOE).
       It will be a “non-action item for discussion and possible modification” at the BOE meeting Wednesday, April 8, a district press release states. A public hearing on the changes will be Wednesday, April 15, followed by a board-only work session in which members will likely ask questions of staff and share ideas among themselves.
       Final action is tentatively scheduled at the April 22 meeting. For meeting locations and starting times, call the district at 520-2005.
       As proposed, boundary changes would affect all of District 11's Westside schools, except Coronado High. The West Middle School building would house a new elementary as well, taking in students from three schools that will be closing (Buena Vista, Washington and Whittier ). The attendance areas for Jackson, Howbert, and Bristol would also change, in part because of Pike's closing. And, Midland's area would grow, encompassing part of the former Washington and Ivywild (also closing) areas.
       The boundary effort stemmed from the board's February decision to close nine schools and relocate programs based on declining enrollment in recent years. Another part of what's called the School Utilitization Plan is two of the closed schools - Washington and Whittier - reopening as schools with no defined boundaries. Washington will become the home of the Montessori magnet program (now at Buena Vista) and Whittier that of the Bijou School (alternative high school).
       Proceeds from a dance show at a downtown club Saturday, April 4 are earmarked for Bristol Elementary's music program.
       The starting time is 6 p.m. at the Underground Nightclub, 110 N. Nevada Ave. Featuring DJs on three stages, the event is for ages 16 and up. For advance tickets, groovetickets.com has them for $10; at the door, they will be $20.
       For more information, call 433-8910 or e-mail pnmastr@msn.com.
       Jackson Elementary will have its Kindergarten enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year Friday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be 5 years of age by October 1. For more information, call 328-5800.

Westside Pioneer/press releases