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Sixth-graders could change schools

Students from Carlin C. Coppin area might switch to Glen Edwards Middle School
By: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
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School officials initiated a discussion about changing the attendance boundaries of the district’s two middle schools during the Jan. 15 school board meeting.

“If we keep the same boundaries, Twelve Bridges Middle School will be over capacity in the 2013-14 school year,” said Western Placer Unified School District Facilities Planner Heather Steer.

 Steer told the board that Twelve Bridges Middle School is at capacity while the population at Glen Edwards Middle School is declining. 

Current enrollment at Twelve Bridges Middle School, which opened in 2006, is 869 students. Glen Edwards Middle School has 677 students.

Steer said students from the Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School attendance area who attend Twelve Bridges Middle School could be shifted to Glen Edwards Middle School.

The board last talked about restructuring the middle school attendance boundaries in 2009.

“At that time, we anticipated the sixth- to eighth-grade population at Twelve Bridges Middle School would increase to the point of capacity and it would become necessary to adjust the attendance boundaries between Twelve Bridges Middle School and Glen Edwards Middle School,” Steer wrote in a staff report. “Because the capacity was not yet extended, and due to some concerns about shifting attendance boundaries, the discussion was tabled.”

Board Vice President Brian Haley recalled that “there were a lot of people in the audience” for that discussion.

When Twelve Bridges Elementary opened, Superintendent Scott Leaman said, enrollment was 258 students and the district had room for other students.

“We knew we’d be sitting where we are now,” Leaman said.

Steer said the district sent students from the Carlin C. Coppin attendance area to Twelve Bridges Middle School to build attendance, considering the school had new lab equipment and space. 

But, Steer said, “at some point, the district knew the Carlin C. Coppin students would need to return to their ‘home school,’” Glen Edwards Middle School.

Currently, 169 sixth- through eighth-grade students from the Carlin C. Coppin attendance area attend Twelve Bridges Middle School.

If the shift was made next year, 53 Carlin C. Coppin fifth-grade students would attend Glen Edwards Middle School for sixth-grade. The 169 students who are already at the school would remain. A total of 214 more students would attend Glen Edwards Middle School over the next three school years.

“We have been at over 800 students before at Glen Edwards Middle School,” Steer said.

Two bus routes take students from the Carlin C. Coppin attendance area to Twelve Bridges Middle School. If attendance boundaries are shifted, the district could reduce one bus route entirely, Steer told the board.

The district anticipates growth from infill developments in the Lincoln Crossing and Twelve Bridges area. Steer said she anticipates those students will go to Twelve Bridges Middle School and all other students will go to Glen Edwards Middle School.

“Twelve Bridges and Lincoln Crossing have community facility districts,” Steer said. “Since those residents pay into the construction of those schools, their students are given priority for attendance.”

Haley asked what action needs to be taken.

Leaman said the district will need to reach out to the community.

Leaman and Steer told the board they will bring more information to the board’s next meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Lincoln High School, 790 J St., Lincoln.