High school zones moved

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals No parents showed up to comment on the plan, but Beattie said he expects complaints when parents are informed of the change in the spring. “I expect we will have a lot of people show up when they get a notice about where their children are going to go,” Beattie said. The change will affect only incoming freshmen. Exceptions will be granted for freshmen siblings of Highland students who want to go to the same school that older brothers or sisters are attending, officials said. The boundary change – affecting an area generally bounded by Sierra Highway and the freeway south of Avenue P – would reduce crowding at Highland, where enrollment is expected to reach around 4,000 next school year, officials said. More than 3,700 are currently enrolled at Highland. Moving students to Palmdale High also will free up space at Highland for students coming from the 5,000-home Anaverde and 7,200-home Ritter Ranch master-plan communities in southwest Palmdale. Palmdale High’s enrollment is 3,200 now, but the campus has room for 3,900 students, district officials said. The change also will dovetail with future boundary adjustments that will have to be made when the district builds its ninth high school in southeast Palmdale near Avenue T-8 and 47th Street East. The ninth campus is scheduled to open in 2008 and will draw students from both Palmdale and Knight high schools, further reducing Palmdale High’s enrollment, officials said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Freshmen from central Palmdale will be attending Palmdale High School rather than Highland High School next fall. To balance school enrollments and accommodate an influx of students from west-side housing tracts, the schools’ attendance boundary will shift from Sierra Highway to the Antelope Valley Freeway, potentially affecting 250 incoming freshmen. “We have classrooms at Palmdale High. We would have to build classrooms at Highland High School if we didn’t make the boundary change,” trustee Al Beattie said after a school board vote last week. He said it also will reduce the number of students bused to Highland. The board approved the boundary change at a meeting last week. last_img read more