Pasadena Unified Master Plan/Boundary Committee Continues District Boundary Discussion

On Sunday, October 12, 2014

Published : Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 10:30 PM

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board Master Plan/Boundary Committee will meet next week to continue their work examining current school attendance boundaries and how they can be improved to better serve all of PUSD’s students and schools. The discussions at these committee meetings will lead to recommendations to the full board about the realignment of attendance boundaries for district schools. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, October 7 at 5 p.m. in the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room (Room 236), 351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena. Click here for the October 7 meeting agenda.

Redrawing PUSD’s school attendance boundaries is now in its final stages before the full board votes on the plan. The PUSD Board of Education met in special session on September 11 to discuss the work of the committee so far, give board member feedback, hear public comment and look at the potential boundary scenarios. Members of the PUSD community, neighborhood associations and residents of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre still have the opportunity to provide input on potential school attendance boundary changes at the committee meeting. Parent and community input is critical to the board as they consider the committee’s recommendations.

With an eye toward shifting residential demographics, declining enrollment within PUSD and the lopsided distribution of students at district campuses, the PUSD Board of Education created a Master Plan/Boundary Committee to study possible school attendance boundary scenarios and other master planning issues for the district. The board committee is chaired by Dr. Mikala Rahn with Ms. Kimberly Kenne and Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy also serving on the committee.

This limited term committee has been tasked with the following:

• Examine feeder patterns and enrollment data, population data and school configurations
• Maximize school size/facilities, specialty programs and neighborhood capacity
• Examine where specialty programs are needed based on district value statements
• Examine strategies for increased enrollment at secondary level
• Focus on strategies for under-capacity, small schools
• Community outreach and public input on various boundary scenarios

Event: PUSD Master Plan/Boundary Committee Meeting
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room (Room 236), 351 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena.

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