GUSD Puts On the Brakes

La Cañada Outlook Newspaper
by Mirjam Swanson, 5/22/14

Instead of voting on whether to accept the negotiated deal that could allow for the Sagebrush area in westernmost La Canada Flintridge to be included in the La Cañada Unified School District, members of the Glendale Unified Board of Education spoke at Tuesday’s meeting about slowing down the process on the long-simmering issue.

GUSD Superintendent Dick Sheehan had preliminarily indicated at a March town hall meeting that a vote might be taken Tuesday, but the board instead reviewed survey data from 695 responding registered voters in the Sagebrush territory, which indicated that as many as 85% of those polled support the transfer.

And though board members exchanged some opposing views, they expressed consensus that, from their perspective, an open-enrollment policy allowing Sagebrush students to choose which district’s schools to attend would be the best course of action.

“If you live in the La Cañada area of Sagebrush, you may enroll your children in the La Cañada Unified School District; you need not even ask for an exit permit,” GUSD board President Mary Boger said. “Go. With our blessings, go.

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