School Information for Sagebrush Parents

IS YOUR CHILD STARTING PUBLIC SCHOOL THIS AUGUST?

Kindergarten News Update: Recent events make it more likely that Sagebrush children can begin Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or Kindergarten in La Cañada School District 2015-16 school year.

Because April 30th, 2015 is the deadline to enroll students in La Cañada Unified School District (LCUSD), UniteLCF! has created this information page to help answer questions our neighbors have brought to us.

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CURRENT SCHOOL DISTRICT – Residents of the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge (LCF) reside in the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD). When LCF became a City in 1976, the boundary lines of the new City did not change the boundary lines of the public school districts. The GUSD schools that typically service Sagebrush students include Mountain Avenue Elementary, Rosemont Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School.

STATUS OF TERRITORY TRANSFER – Currently there is no permanent right for children residing in LCF-Sagebrush to attend La Cañada public schools. Our citizen’s committee, UniteLCF!, is working to secure that right. Due to our efforts both school districts are engaged in discussions to explore if a joint agreement can accomplish our goal by mutual consent. In the meantime, UniteLCF! continues to plan and prepare a citizen’s petition to the LA County Committee on School District Organization, should the district discussions prove fruitless. In any case, it is highly unlikely that a permanent resolution will be finalized before the 2015-16 school year.

WANT TO ATTEND LA CANADA SCHOOLS AUG 2015? – Many in our neighborhood believe their kids would realize a greater sense of community involvement and identity if they attend schools in their own City. Although admittance to LCUSD is not guaranteed, there is a window of opportunity that your child may be able to attend LCUSD schools this coming August since 1) LCUSD is giving Sagebrush families higher priority among applicants seeking to attend LCUSD schools and 2) GUSD is currently approving releases for Sagebrush students wanting to attend LCUSD schools.

The process requires you to submit an “Inter-District Permit Application” with LCUSD, due by April 30. If you are notified of your acceptance (and only then), you will need to apply for an “Inter-District Permit Release” from GUSD. GUSD has represented publicly they are allowing all releases for Sagebrush students. Be mindful however, acceptance by LCUSD is strictly limited based on the seats available, by grade level and by campus.

LCUSD APPLICATION DEADLINE – April 30, 2015 | From now until April 30, 2015 you can submit an Inter-District Permit Application to LCUSD. No applications will be accepted after that deadline. Click here to download an application. (http://www.lcusd.net/Page/2545)

SHOULD I ALSO ENROLL AT THE GUSD SCHOOL? YES | For example, even if you apply now to have your child attend kindergarten at a LCUSD school this August, it is recommended that you simultaneously fill out the necessary paperwork for enrollment at Mountain Ave. In the event there is not enough room at LCUSD, you would already have applied to a GUSD school. GUSD enrollment information can be found online at: http://www.gusd.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=47

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF WE GOT INTO LCUSD? After April 30, 2015, LCUSD will decide based on availability if they can accept permit applications for Sagebrush children. Because LCUSD has smaller classroom sizes, they have limited space for incoming students, especially in upper grades. However, if there are sufficient applications, LCUSD may consider opening an additional kindergarten classroom at the nearest school, Palm Crest Elementary. The timing of these approvals will be determined by the LCUSD Superintendent. We know the metrics of these assignments is complex, but she has indicated that the decisions will be made as soon as possible. They understand that Sagebrush parents will be waiting to hear so that they can seek their GUSD release.

CAN I CHOOSE WHICH LCUSD ELEMENTARY I GO TO? NO | While LCUSD would make every effort to place Sagebrush students at Palm Crest, acceptance will be based on where the additional capacity lies within the LCUSD schools.

CAN MY OTHER SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (SIBLINGS) ATTEND LCUSD? YES | Siblings of LCUSD students do have priority in the LCUSD permitting process. For example, if a new Sagebrush K student is accepted by LCUSD, his/her siblings will have priority over non-sibling applicants. Even so, acceptance is strictly dependent on available classroom space and there is no assurance that the siblings would attend the same school, if accepted.

CAN I STILL SEND MY CHILD TO MOUNTAIN AVENUE , IF ACCEPTED INTO LCUSD BUT THEN CHANGE MY MIND? YES.

WILL I NEED FUTURE RELEASES FROM GUSD? While GUSD does not currently require annual releases, it is possible that it could require new releases for transitional grades, i.e. entering 7th and 9th grades. This is one of the reasons why UniteLCF! continues to seek a permanent solution. Our goal is that in the future Sagebrush students will no longer be considered “permit students.” That has been our goal since La Cañada Flintridge cityhood was approved — in 1976!

WHO CAN I CALL IF I HAVE QUESTIONS? GUSD: Dr. Scott Anderle, Asst. Dir/Student Support Services, (818) 241-3111 xt 283. LCUSD: Ms. Patty Castreje, Secretary, (818) 952-8295.

Many Sagebrush residents support changing the current district boundaries permanently, by way of an Territory Transfer, so future generations of La Cañada-Sagebrush students will no longer need any permits or releases to attend La Cañada public schools. UniteLCF! is the residents committee working on the transfer process. To lend your support, please visit our website and join the mailing list at https://unitelcf.wordpress.com/join/

The above information was compiled by volunteers as a service to our neighbors. We make no claim to represent either district so please contact them directly for up-to-date information on enrollment deadlines, applications and permit requests.

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GUSD Election 2015 – Vote on April 7th

SAGEBRUSH Our Voices & Votes Matter

GUSD SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

VOTE ON TUESDAY APRIL 7TH

Many families in Sagebrush support the idea of changing the local public school district boundaries by way of a “territory transfer” so that future generations of La Cañada Flintridge Sagebrush students won’t need a permit or “release” to attend La Cañada schools. UniteLCF! has been actively working towards this goal and we ask you to visit our website and join our mailing list. https://unitelcf.wordpress.com/join/

Currently both School Boards are in discussions to find a negotiated settlement. We encourage you to become informed about the candidates running for Glendale School Board and VOTE on April 7th. Our Voices & Votes Matter.

CV Weekly asked candidates for the Glendale Unified School District board of education their views that are of particular interest to their readers. To see all the responses please visit http://www.crescentavalleyweekly.com/news/04/02/2015/meet-candidates-gusd-board-education/

Q – Are you in favor of the La Cañada territory transfer of the Sagebrush area, specifically concerning the park’s ownership? Below are portions of their responses and excludes some comments on the park since all were in agreement that the park should stay with the school.

Nayiri Nahabedian (Current Board Member): The GUSD board did not initiate the territory transfer issue and my strong preference is to keep Glendale Unified united. However, this is a long-standing issue and we must have a final and fair resolution – so that each student, parent and resident can move forward with certainty and security about their future. We have offered a fair and balanced plan to LCUSD, and continue to have open dialogue with them.

Kevin Cordova-Brookey: We have to think of what is in the best interest of these children and their families. We also have to think of what is in the best interest of both GUSD and LCUSD. One of the great things about public education is that you get to go to the schools in your neighborhood. The Sagebrush territory lies in La Cañada. So, as a parent, if you want your child to go to a La Cañada school, you should be able to do that. However, since territory also lies in the GUSD, parents should be able to send their child to a GUSD school if they choose. …I fully support continued communication between GUSD and LCUSD to get to a winning solution for all.

Todd Hunt: As I’ve said, “the Genie is out of the bottle” when it comes to Sagebrush. Therefore, I believe the prudent approach is for GUSD and LCUSD to do the hard work to find common ground and achieve the best possible agreement for both districts. As a board member I will put in the time and effort to ensure that both the short-term and long-term financial impact to GUSD is mitigated.

Vahik Satoorian: In November 2014, Glendale asked La Cañada to pay $6.8 million to do this transfer. I am against transfer of the park or any territorial transfer. My stance on the subject is that we must solve this matter through public discussions, and any formal negotiations must be made transparent to the public.

Jennifer Freemon: I believe Sagebrush should stay in GUSD. There is a long history of commitment and community in the GUSD schools that serve the Sagebrush community. Looking at what is in the best interest of the students and families in the area, keeping that strong community school intact is best for both the students and the community…. I appreciate the thoughtful way in which the GUSD is approaching the issue and will continue to encourage the districts to be patient and thoughtful as we work through the various issues surrounding Sagebrush.

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Compiled by the UniteLCF!  The flyers can be downloaded at: https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/flyer-gusd-election-2015-final.pdf