Confusing school district boundaries
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I just moved to the Diablo Grande Golf course area and was completely unaware of the ridiculous Newman-Crows Landing and Patterson Joint Unified school district boundaries.

I found that Diablo Grande is located within the Newman-Crows Landing School District and children must attend the school located there.

My dilemma is, Why must a person drive 28 miles to Newman-Crows Landing schools when there are schools 11 miles away in Patterson?

When I complained of this to the Patterson Joint Unified School District office, they did inform me that a bus is available to bus the children to and from the Diablo Grande area. I have seen the buses that bus the children here, and there are about six students present on this bus.

I would like to know what thought goes into this situation, considering the factors of paying a driver and paying for insurance and fuel, among other costs. This must be addressed as soon as possible. Several people here at Diablo Grande do not understand it and just go with the flow.

Al Lucero, Diablo Grande

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February 28, 2013
You need to take that up with the Stanislaus County Office of Education or the CA Department of Education. They are the ones who set that up, not the local school districts.
March 04, 2013

We moved up to Diablo Grande about 6 months ago, and before doing so, notified the Patterson School District of our address change. However, our notification came 6 weeks before we knew we were planning to move. They informed us that Diablo was not part of the PUSD (which doesn't provide transportation for Diablo students), but they would be able to do an inter-district transfer. At the time, we had 4 children attending 3 different schools in Patterson, which are all on different schedules. For our family, that simply would not work; driving down to Patterson every morning to drop of the kids and then again in the afternoon. However, there are families up here who have high school students and they drive themselves down to Patterson to attend school.

My husband and I had to make a tough choice. After meeting with teachers and principals in the Newman-Crow's Landing Unified School District, our misgivings about changing districts were alleviated. My kindergarten student is now fluently reading and writing, and I attribute that to her excellent teacher. My second-grader is challenged by an innovative teacher who has been in the classroom for nearly 30 years. I have found that our children have received a more individualized, challenging, and engaging educational experience since switching districts. They made new friends quickly and are excited to go to school everyday.

If you are concerned about transportation to and from Diablo, contact First Student in Newman. Our kids get on the bus every morning, ride down to Newman, and come home in the evening blissfully exhausted.

I have absolutely no regrets about moving up here. Our family loves it and we couldn't be happier with the educational opportunities afforded to our kids. Sure, my kids weren't happy when they learned they would be leaving their schools in Patterson. But after about 2 days in their new classrooms, they were completely adjusted and ready to learn.

So before you get angry, do your research. Meet with principals and teachers, talk with other parents whose kids attend NCLUSD, and then make a decision that works for your family.

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