Glendale, La Cañada school districts to continue discussion on potential Sagebrush transfer

Superintendent says GUSD proposal is still on the table with La Cañada.

Glendale News-Press
By Kelly Corrigan
February 18, 2015

As Glendale school officials prepare to meet with La Cañada school officials next week over the Sagebrush territory, Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan reminded residents that Glendale’s proposal over the territory is still active during a school board meeting on Tuesday.

“There has not been a lot of movement largely due to the holiday season,” he said. “So, our proposal is still officially on the table with La Cañada, and that will be part of the discussion next week.”

Two La Crescenta residents approached the Glendale school board recently for an update on the Sagebrush territory, an area of 385 acres that is part of La Cañada Flintridge. It has been served for many years by Glendale Unified instead of that city’s school district.

The residents’ inquiry spurred Glendale school board President Greg Krikorian to have the board discuss the matter openly Tuesday night, but board members remained tight-lipped about the upcoming meeting, and instead let Sheehan offer a brief update.

Sheehan said the meeting on Wednesday will bring together the superintendents and chief business officers from both districts as well as two members from each school.

“It’s basically for clarification,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some areas they would like to have further dialogue around the proposal.”
Also during Tuesday’s Glendale school board meeting, Sagebrush resident Tom Smith, who established “Unite LCF” in 2013 to reignite the effort to transfer the territory, suggested that Glendale school officials reconsider including the park and bridge near Mountain Avenue Elementary in the proposal.

Late last year, Glendale school officials, who initially considered selling the park to La Cañada, took the park off the table, in reaction to parents’ concerns about the area serving as a safe drop-off and pick-up zone for students attending the nearby school.

“I think this board was put under a lot of pressure to ‘take it off the table,’ as the phrase became,” Smith said. “And what I’m asking you to do is reconsider that because I really believe that there’s language that can be drafted. Both districts have really competent attorneys who can make sure that that lot and that bridge is accessible so long as Mountain Avenue is a school in the future.”

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