Questions about school enrollment

By From page A12 | September 13, 2013

With a 4-year-old son heading to transitional kindergarten next year, local school issues that I’ve previously been able to semi-ignore (API scores, school closure, lottery at Chávez, school improvement status, etc.) are starting to take up my attention.

Of course, as a Davis homeowner for the past decade I’ve always been keenly aware of the myriad property and special taxes (Measures A, C, E, W…) I pay that fund our schools. I suppose I felt that Davis schools were worthy of supporting and one day, I hoped to also directly benefit if I had a child.

I now add The Cannery residential proposal to the list of concerns, with Thursday’s Enterprise quoting an “addition of 238 to 320 students to the current 8,549″ which after a predicted slight decline is estimated to be “8,550-8,632,or around the number (8,606) enrolled in 2006-2007.”

Most will recall that in 2006, Valley Oak was slated to close its elementary site and Korematsu subsequently expanded to K-6. This raises some important questions: Where will the new students go? Who will pay for them (e.g., staffing and facilities)? How will the rest of Davis students be impacted, given our limited resources? Will Valley Oak be reopened?

I doubt another school could (or should) be built, and Davis High is already seriously impacted.

Another question: How many children from outside of Davis are currently enrolled in Davis schools? My understanding is there are several hundred from Dixon and Woodland primarily. Can Davis homeowners and the Davis school district continue to accommodate them while appropriately serving the children who live in Davis? Should we?

Joanna Friesner

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