School district ramps up review of boundary changes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The first of three public forums is scheduled Monday night for proposed boundary changes within the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.

The district is examining how to best spread its student population as residential developments leave imbalances in enrollment and resources.

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Similar public meetings were held in the spring, and parents protested the boundary changes at that time.

The district operates 24 elementary and junior high schools in south Bakersfield. A 25th school is slated at some point for district-owned property in the area of McKee and Wible.

The district is dealing with greater than average growth - a 2.4 percent annual enrollment bump compared to 1.2 percent throughout Kern County.

More than 3,300 students were added to the district over the last decade, good for a 24 percent total increase. The district says it expects similar growth over the next 10 years.

The district says it's considering five key points in its boundary plans: future growth, matching enrollment with capacity at each school, minimizing student travel and transportation costs, neighborhood connectivity, and safe routes to schools.

After three public meetings on the proposals, the district will consider the changes at a board hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Tevis Junior High, 3901 Pin Oak Park Blvd., and adopt any changes at a board meeting 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Tevis Junior High.

Planned public forums:

  • Monday - 5:30-7 p.m. - Buena Vista Elementary School, 6547 Buena Vista Road
  • Oct. 28 - 7 p.m. - Tevis Junior High
  • Nov. 4 - 7 p.m. - Douglas J. Miller Elementary, 7345 Mountain Ridge Drive