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School board set for special meeting on attendance boundaries

Debate to focus on what students will go to new Dougherty Valley elementary

Student attendance boundaries for the new Dougherty Valley elementary school will be the debate topic Monday evening (June 2) during a special meeting of the San Ramon Valley school board.

The yet-to-be-built campus is expected to open for the 2016-17 school year, and school district officials are currently working on the final boundary lines to determine which existing and planned neighborhoods' students will attend the new school.

An initial district proposal called for placing several existing neighborhoods within the new school's zone and moving many of those students from their current campuses, Live Oak and Quail Run elementary schools.

That idea has elicited some push-back from parents concerned about a variety of issues, including displacing families from their current schools, environmental impacts, traffic congestion and safety of students walking or bicycling to class.

During Monday's special meeting, the school board will be presented with a set of boundary options to debate, and those choices would include the possibility of one or more existing neighborhoods being moved into the new school's zone, according to district officials.

The boundary issue is listed as a discussion-only item on Monday, but the school board could consider final approval at a meeting later this month.

The future elementary school, which hasn't yet been named, aims to address overcrowding concerns within the still-developing Dougherty Valley community in eastern San Ramon.

"The new school will accommodate one of the last pockets of new housing built in the area and will help relieve and equalize enrollment at the other four elementary schools in the Dougherty Valley," district officials said in a recent statement.

The school board's special boundary meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon. The board is also expected to talk about the issue, and possibly make a final decision, during its regular meeting June 10.

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