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District Considers Changing Boundaries
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Escalon Unified School District boundaries may be changing.

District Superintendent Ron Costa said the district is investigating the possibility of changing current Dent and Van Allen school attendance boundaries for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Those are the only two school sites included in the possible boundary changes being considered right now, and Costa said it is due to new classrooms being unused at Van Allen, while Dent is nearly bursting at the seams.

A letter was sent out from the district to parents in both the Van Allen and Dent areas, but Costa said he is also looking for community volunteers that would be interested in serving on a committee to study the issue.

"Once we have all the applicants, we'll look for some parents of Dent students, parents of Van Allen, and community members, to get a balanced committee," Costa explained.

The Superintendent's Advisory Committee would be charged with gathering public opinion about the possible boundary change and is expected to meet four times between now and January. Then the committee would present its recommendations to the school board at a regular board meeting n January.

"We'll have two committee meetings, one at Dent, one at Van Allen, for parents to give their input," Costa added.

Those interested in serving on the committee can contact the district office, 838-3591, with a deadline of Nov. 10 for applicants.

Costa said the district wants to address the imbalance in enrollment, with space available at Van Allen. The first meeting is expected to be scheduled for mid-November.

"They'll put together a recommendation for change, and then go to the board," he said.

Any change approved by the board would take effect for the beginning of the 2001-2012 school year, so all those affected would have time to prepare for the change.