Today: Sequoia district board votes on new boundary map

Map would determine assignment of households to high schools

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District, at its Wednesday, June 25, meeting, will consider and likely vote on a new boundary map for assigning households to high schools. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

The boundary map was a specific topic of discussion in the spring and fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014 in a series of community meetings with district officials.

The proposed map "better aligns partner middle schools with high schools across the district, which was by far the greatest interest of parents that attended the community input meetings," a staff report says.

Among the highlights of the proposed new map:

■ All students from the Las Lomitas and Ravenswood City elementary school districts would be assigned to Menlo-Atherton High School.

■ Households north of 8th Avenue in North Fair Oaks would be assigned to Sequoia High School.

■ Woodside High School would acquire parts of neighborhoods now assigned to Sequoia High School.

The approved map would become effective with the start of the 2015-16 school year. Students who have siblings at a particular school would be given the option of attending that same school.

For some 30 years, the Sequoia district bused students from East Palo Alto neighborhoods of the Ravenswood district to Woodside and Carlmont high schools. The busing came about as the result of a court-mandated desegregation order from the 1980s that has since expired.

While students from East Palo Alto will be assigned to M-A, the district will continue to offer bus service to Woodside and Carlmont "for as long as the need continues," according to a staff report.


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