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Capo Unified to Redraw Boundaries in Wake of School Closing

With Barcelona Hills shuttered, the district proposes a map that will chart out who goes where.

Now that the controversial decision to close Barcelona Hills Elementary to make way for a local charter school is in the past, the Capistrano Unified School District will tackle redrawing the attendance boundaries.

When the school board decided to close the Mission Viejo campus last year, the district allowed Barcelona families to choose between Castille and Reilly elementaries for the 2012-13 school year.

According to a Power Point presentation the Board of Trustees will see Wednesday, 137 students decided for Castille while 174 chose Reilly.

Some did end up at other schools: 17 at Bathgate Elementary, while the rest, 16 students, are scattered throughout the district.

District staff is recommending that all current students be allowed to remain where they are, according to a school board report. Younger siblings, too, should be able to join wherever their older siblings attend.

But incoming students should be divided up by neighborhood, with about two-thirds in the old Barcelona boundary going to Castille and one-third to Reilly, the numbers show.

“Under this proposal, neither site will reach their historical maximum enrollment within the next six years,” the agenda report states.

Castille had a maximum enrollment of 845 students back in 1999-2000. It has 637 students today.

Reilly reached a peak of 761 students in 1997-98. It has 508 students this year.

The board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday at the district headquarters, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

Richard Mason February 13, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Also the boundaries look appropriate after the closure of Barcelona Hills. I live on the west side of the lake and Castille will serve our community well. Loosing Barcelona was not pleasant, but Castille will serve the west side of the lake well and the east side is closest to Reilly. CUSD got these new elementary borders correct. For the Viejo comments: Without SJC kids being brought in, the school would probably be closed like Barcelona. How many students still live in that neighborhood around Viejo? Maybe 250? Mission Viejo is aging fast. I expect more schools to close in the future.
Robert Reidel February 14, 2013 at 03:42 AM
For myself and the overwhelming majority of those that I know living in my area, they hold with the 11 miles just being too too far. They and I would prefer attending the high school miles closer, and all the benefits that go with that closer distance. By your reasoning, the relatively few kids from SJC boundaried to CVHS out of their city, are deprived of that 'unity' they'd experience attending the high school with the overwhelming majority of their fellow SJC neighbors. Either distance matters or it doesn't. Either city boundaries matter, or they don't. Making subjective arguments one way or the other is too easily corrupted, and is ultimately unfair to some. Being consistent is always less trouble in the long run, than being arbitrary and showing preference to some.
Robert Reidel February 14, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Boundaries should be established with consistent criteria, and then allow open enrollment as available.
Robert Reidel February 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Shelly, the historical boundaries of CVHS are irrelevant. As expected, of course they changed with each new district high school that was built. There is no point in going back over the history and assessing who went where, before or as newer schools were built. What significance do you place on the historical boundaries of CVHS, that you ask? My area of MV has a history of having students boundaried to CVHS, AVHS, THS, and back to CVHS. Also, I was at those CUSD Board meetings where the Attendance Boundaries were on the agenda. I can't say I've seen it in writing, however, I have a distinct recollection of hearing CUSD staff say that any SJC students boundaried to CVHS would have the option to attend their 'city school' (SJHHS) if they chose. I don't recall there being any strings attached to that offer/guarantee, such as being contingent on a space-available basis. I wonder how many SJC students boundaried to a high school outside their city (CVHS) choose the longer commute to attend their SJHHS city school. Regardless, nice that they have that choice. It's just unfortunate that MV students aren't given that same consideration and choice.
shelly February 14, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Robert Reidel, Is Tesoro closed to open enrollment?

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