By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 3:20 pm in Schools.
UPDATE: The county board of education committee rejected the petition and there is no appeal.
It’s been a long, hot summer, but school’s in session once more and the Mt. Diablo secession petition is back in the news. To recap, a group of unhappy Walnut Creek parents wanted to redraw school district boundaries and place six Mt. Diablo schools – including Bancroft, Valle Verde and Walnut Acres elementary, Eagle Peak Montessori, Foothill Middle and Northgate High – into the neighboring Walnut Creek and Acalanes school districts. And they seem to have had the backing of the Walnut Creek City Council, who forced the county to explore the possibility, even after the petition was thrown out last spring.
But all three school boards oppose the idea for financial reasons – Mt. Diablo, because it would lose $25 million in annual state funding, and Walnut Creek and Acalanes because the dollar gain from the state would be far outstripped by the expense. Now it’s up to the county to weigh in, and it all goes down tomorrow. We’ll see what happens next.