Opposing Option 3 IUSD School Boundary Changeuser2844 11/17 1880
I am a parent of Northwood Elementary Student, and I have deep concerns on Option 3 and I apologize in advance for this lengthy email.
My son is 5th grade now, and he is so exciting to go to middle school because his best friend, my next door's kid is 6th grade and he will go to Sierra Vista soon. So, during the summer break, they even start biking to Sierra Vista together and see how long it takes and what is the best route to Bike. My husband and I feel it is quite safe as they can bike through the community and only cross Yale as a main street. If my son go to Vernado instead, he will be quite upset because his best friend goes to a different school, and riding bike to Venado has to go through two brideges along Yale street, one cross I5, another cross railway. Both bridges have steep slopes and poor sight view, and it will be too dangerous for students at age 12-13, not to mention the distance is almost doubled!
Last year, my son was qualified to go to APPAS program. To take it, he needs to go to Brywood Elementary. He decided to stay at Northwood Elementary so that he can be around with his friends. We as parents supported his decision because we felt that developing social skill is as important as academic growth .
Now, just because he did not go to Brywood, he lost the opportunity to go to Sierra Vista - this is so unfair for him.
Freeway 5 has long history as school boundary to avoid kids cross freeway when going to school. Northwood elementary kids has been going to Sierre Vista and Northwood for almost 20 years, please do not make this type of change overnight and make the community feel very unsecured and wonder when the next change will be. Many of us chose to live in this neighborhood rather than fancier new houses just because this is well established community ！
The brywood kids and Northwood kids are in the same neibourhood (Yale runs through the big community), this is ONE community, I cannot believe that the board consider to split it into half.
And WHY Brywood remains unchanged?? Tony mentioned that was because the board received strong push back from the community, if so, why NORTHWOOD community needs to suffer the pain alone! The rule cannot be bended. It was also mentioned that Brywood was not included and the reason is: Sierra Vista is right in the neighhood, then Cypress Village is so close to Jeffery Trail, why they are proposed to change their school? The board cannot make proposal based on some communities' voice is louder than the others.
Tony mentioned repeatedly during the meeting that even after re-assigning the schools, the distance of the school to the residence is still within the required distance, if this is THE rule, ALL communities/areas that meet this rule should be included as part of the options, just to be fair. The board cannot pick and choose.
The board drew a very bold conclusion about NO new school need to be built in Irvine based on the forecast (in the first 15 slides of the presentation presented).
Unfortunately, the board just considered the number, and did not carefully evaluate the impact of changing schools on kids safety, their social development, and even academic development if EVERY school has to run at its full capacity.
I would really appreciate if my voice can be heard and all the concerns can be considered.