School boundary changes coming to Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.(KBAK/KBFX) By unanimous vote, the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Board of Trustees approved a plan to alter school boundaries Tuesday evening.

"Panama is growing and has grown tremendously in the last 10 years," said district Superintendent Kevin Silberberg.

The boundary change approved, referred to as the Growth-Attendance Plan by the board, is actually a combination of three plans, said Silberberg.

"We want to balance the under-utilized and over-utilized schools. There's too many kids at one school, and too few at another," he said.

The district said the goal was to have the boundary change affect no more than 10 percent of the students in the district.

The adopted plan impacts 6 percent of students, according to the district. Brandon Stevens is a parent of one of those children impacted. He said he moved into the University Park area just so that his daughter could attend Stockdale Elementary.

"Stockdale's been very beneficial for her, and so I'd like to keep her there," said Stevens.

Other parents felt the school district did not give parents enough notice about the impending changes.

"It seems to me like it was a deal that was already made," said parent Jeff Tkac, who has a daughter at McAuliffe Elementary.

The new boundaries are scheduled to be implemented in the fall of 2014.