FAIRFIELD — School trustees approved new high school boundaries Thursday to even out high school populations.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board members voted 7-0 to create the new boundaries and create uniform feeder schools. No current high school students will be affected as the new boundaries apply only to incoming freshman.
A committee made up of members of the community forwarded the recommendation after meeting throughout February. The group looked at travel times to schools, transportation issues and populations of the schools.
The new boundaries will create the following feeder schools to the three high schools:
Much of the discussion hinged on a complaint from Greg Knight, who said he and other residents paid Mello-Roos tax dollars to help pay for the construction of Rodriguez. He said students in the Castle Rock, Rolling Hills and Sanctuary neighborhoods would be sent to Fairfield High, thus breaking the agreement set up in Community Facility Districts.
Trustee David Isom had a similar concern about the tax money.
“I wanted to make sure we aren’t doing something that can be challenged by a legal authority,” he said.
Kim Van Gundy, director of facilities, said the committee spent time in the first meeting discussing the tax dollars and the issue had been studied by lawyers. Van Gundy said the lawyers confirmed that Mello-Roos tax dollars are not guaranteed to go to a specific project or area.
Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias echoed Van Gundy and told a personal story of how her tax dollars never went to a project that was promised when she bought her home.
The motion for the change was amended to include a two-week open-enrollment period starting at noon Friday and ending April 5, which will be done using a lottery.
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