By Jackie Burrell
Saturday, December 8th, 2007 at 12:56 pm in Schools.
Some Walnut Creek families are seeking a divorce from the Mt. Diablo school district. More than 100 families are circulating a petition to withdraw six Walnut Creek schools – including Bancroft, Valle Verde and Walnut Acres schools, Eagle Peak Montessori, Foothill Middle and Northgate High – and transfer them to the Walnut Creek and Acalanes districts instead. They need 2,900 signatures – 10 percent of Walnut Creek’s voters – to put the measure before county trustees. (We don’t know where they’re gathering signatures, but frankly, all they need do is set up a table at Broadway Plaza during the holiday crush. If you have information on where they’re passing the petition, let us know by clicking “comments.”)
School district withdrawal is certainly a topic that’s been raised before in Walnut Creek, where some neighborhoods are part of the massive, 36,000-student, 56-school Mt. Diablo district, while others reside in the small Walnut Creek elementary and Acalanes high school districts. But a concerted petition drive spearheaded by that many families, that aims to keep kids in their home schools but transfer school leadership to Walnut Creek and Acalanes trustees? This could be very, very interesting.
Are you a Walnut Creek voter? Will you sign?