By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Saturday, January 26th, 2008 at 8:50 pm in Schools.
Northgate High parents officially submitted a petition Friday asking that Walnut Creek schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District be moved to the Walnut Creek and Acalanes Union High school districts. As Shirley Dang reported in the Times, this likely will pit neighbor (Concord) against neighbor (Walnut Creek) because those W.C. schools in MDUSD include some Concord students.
It’s an issue I’ve paid close attention to because I find my family smack in the middle of it. We live in the Limeridge community, right on the border of Walnut Creek but on the Concord side. We choose to stay here because my step-daughter attends Valle Verde Elementary and next year will move on to Foothill Middle School. Like so many parents, we’re frustrated by the continuing financial problems – among others — facing Mt. Diablo. On one thing all parents seem to agree: we’d like to see solutions that benefit our children. Is breaking apart the district the right solution? That’s not easy to answer, because I can see points on both sides.
My step-daughter likely would be grandfathered in, allowing her to attend Foothill and Northgate with her friends. My property value, however, might take a hit as we’re shifted out of the Foothill and Northgate school systems that have been so favorable for selling homes in our area. Except, with the current situation being what it is, how much longer can we expect that to remain true if the schools remain in MDUSD? On the flip side, how much can Walnut Creek and Acalanes be asked to shoulder by taking on schools decimated by teacher departures and financial issues?
Everyone involved in this issue seems to have an opinion. Just check out the comments from Mt. Diablo Divorce Part I. And tell us what you think?