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La Cañada Flintridge Outlook
By Mirjam Swanson
April 21, 2016
Nick Karapetian wants his neighbors in the Sagebrush area to know they can apply for a permit to the La Cañada Unified School District, risk-free.
LCUSD is considering inter-district permits for the forthcoming school year until April 29 for LCF residents living in the westernmost edge of the city. Parents will not be required to obtain a release from Glendale Unified unless their application is approved, according to the LCUSD’s website, lcusd.net.
That’s key, said Karapetian, who has been active with the UniteLCF citizens’ group campaigning to shift the western edge of La Cañada Flintridge to the LCUSD from the Glendale Unified School District.
His children were among those Sagebrush residents granted a permit this school year. They now attend La Cañada Elementary School after starting their schooling at GUSD’s Mountain Avenue Elementary.
“The message that we’re really trying to provide our fellow neighbors is that if you want your kids to go to a La Cañada school — and I’m not saying you should — this is a really unique opportunity,” Karapetian said. “The risk has been minimized. There’s a high probability that your application will be granted, and if not, you haven’t lost anything.”
Before this school year, the district altered its prioritization structure to rank applicants in the Sagebrush area ahead of those applying as Allen Bill cases (students who have parents working within the city limits).
Karapetian said the transition has been good for his children: “It’s been an amazing transition. Everyone is very gracious and accepting. The [children] are thriving even more than before. Class size being substantially smaller has really helped them.”
Sixty-two permits were issued to Sagebrush students this year, bringing the total of permits offered to students from west LCF to 72, according to Governing Board member Ellen Multari.
Families will be notified about whether their applications were accepted as soon as possible, but no later than the first week of August, according to the district’s website. Students will be considered for placement according to space within their grade levels.
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