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Washington, Reese elementary schools have attendance boundaries settled

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:00 pm

After months of negotiation with elementary school parents, Lodi Unified officials approved the attendance area boundaries for Washington and Reese Elementary schools without a single word of protest.

In October, parents living in the Park West subdivision off Turner Road petitioned the district in opposition to a plan that would have divided children in the neighborhood between Reese and Woodbridge schools.

The final proposal accepted Tuesday would allow students living southwest of Turner and Lower Sacramento roads to remain at Reese. Homes south of Turner, between Lower Sacramento and Mills Avenue down to Yosemite Drive will send their children to Woodbridge Elementary.

Officials also appeased Washington Elementary School parents who made complaints that the first changes would require them to walk a long distance to drop off and pick up their children.

Under the new plan, all Washington students will stay put except for a small block of students living south of Turner between Pleasant Avenue and Sacramento Street. Families north of Daisy avenue and a small portion north of Olive Street will attend Lakewood Elementary school starting next year.

Washington Principal Linda Denman said after the meeting that she was pleased to see the district put the time and thought into considering the needs of parents. The new change will put Washington school just under its 548-student capacity.

The boundary lines for the schools needed to be redrawn to accommodate the opening of Woodbridge Elementary school, which will open next year on the site of a former middle school.

Opening the school will allow those around it to come off a year-round school schedule, thought to short students of as many as 23 instructional days each year.

In other matters, board members elected Richard Dean as their president for 2006, replacing Richard Jones, who was recognized for his service. Trustee Peter Johnson assumed the role of vice president and Harvey Bills is clerk.

The board also recognized Lodi High teachers Bill Sharp, Rick Marks and Jim Westgate as well as campus supervisors Russell Anderson and Rob Elrod for their efforts in helping save the life of senior Adam Kloose, who collapsed Nov. 4 from cardiac arrest. (Related story: See related story.)

Contact reporter Sara Cardine at sarac@lodinews.com.

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