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Where Will Your TVUSD Student Attend School Next Year?

Temecula parents and residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed changes to school attendance boundaries during several community meetings scheduled next month.

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Where your child attends school may be changing.

The Temecula Valley Unified School District Governing Board is considering adjusting school attendance boundaries for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. 

Next month, Temecula parents and residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on those proposed adjustments at four upcoming community meetings.

The community meetings are as scheduled: 
6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Temecula Middle School
6 p.m. Feb 6 at Gardner Middle School 
6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Day Middle School 
6 p.m. Feb. 20 at Margarita Middle School 

After receiving community input, the TVUSD governing board will vote on the proposed changes in March. If approved, changes would go into effect in July. 

In October 2013, the board established its top priorities for boundary realignment, which district staff used in formulating the boundary proposals. 

According to a district news release, the board’s top priorities were: 
1) aligning elementary, middle and high school attendance areas 
2) planning ahead for new populations 
3) equalizing use of space among schools 
4) minimizing distance to schools 
5) spreading density of lower socio-economic status populations

The board met in January to review the district’s proposed boundary adjustments. The boundary proposals can be viewed on the TVUSD website at: http://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/boundarymaps
Cristina Kee January 23, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Before they do these changes I propose that the school should require property tax bill copies instead of utility bills. If renting in the area then they should be the one in the waiting list. The homeowners in the school area should have priority. Like every one here we bought our house because part of the community is building tles.
Cristina Kee January 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Im confused, the slides for this proposal stated that the school has currently have enough space to allow students who have started at the school to complete that school. Is that mean my second grader can continue going to that school until its time for middle? Can anyone please explain. Thank you and it is really appreciated.
Eric Spriggs January 24, 2014 at 03:30 AM
You should have to attend the school nearest to your home. Moving here recently from out of state put us after research in GOHS only to hear after moving that it was full and our son disappointed carting him to TVHS everyday which is obviously further away. While he had adapted I find it disappointing that it is full because kids who should go to TVHS are going to GOHS. bunch of cry babys if you ask me. If your kid is successful it doesn't matter where they attend as my son has adapted and wishes to stay at TVHS since continued change only disrupts things. So thanks to all you folks who live near TVHS and put your kids at GOHS you are the problem and no one else to blame. If you want such a specialized or where to be HS then maybe you should put them in private school and pay more.
Eric Spriggs January 24, 2014 at 03:39 AM
I will also add that if your child is a Junior then all of a sudden gets changed to another school would be wrong. They should make these changes to incoming freshman or some system that doesn't disrupt an already established student. Good luck Temecula on this and the outcome.
SoccerMom January 24, 2014 at 09:32 AM
These changes are long overdue! Every year, thousands of students in the French valley area request an intra district transfer for chaparral. Our kids are supposed to drive passed one high school in order to go to tvhs. Many of us bought our homes years ago with the promise of a French valley high school that should have been opened already...
ChrisG January 24, 2014 at 09:36 AM
@cristina, renters have the same residency eligibility as owners.
Concerned Parent January 24, 2014 at 09:43 AM
They need to address the out of district transfer issue before they rezone.
Concerned Parent January 24, 2014 at 09:55 AM
There are homes in Wolf Creek that are being rezoned out of their community. These are homes where the kids currently walk to school and can see the school from their driveways. People in these homes pay Mello Roos and purchased for the community and they neighborhood schools. These families should NOT be rezoned out of their community and neighborhood schools.
Very interesting January 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM
About time! I certainly hope they will use common sense. It needs to be a matter of distance from home to school. This is coming too late for our family since we have made the long commute from French Valley to TVHS (which has been a great school for us) but made extra curricular activities tough and with the cost of gas, expensive. I fought and lost the battle of trying to get my child into our closer HS, even after earning a spot on a varsity sport because we did not get the transfer paper work in by the December deadline. On a side note, the Temecula district has great schools and with good parental supervision a child will succeed at any of them.
TemeKoala January 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM
The problem is that the smart kids turn to pill junkies at TVHS. I agree with TJ that there is something rotten over there. There is bullshit at all 3 high schools, but any smart parent would try to avoid TV, it has a bad rep for a reason. There is no sense of community or closeness at TV, the wrestlers walk around like they own the damn place, Great Oak cherry picked all of the best teachers so TV is actually even worse than it was ten years ago. At Great Oak the teachers and staff aren't perfect, but they at least act like they are trying, TV just gave up years ago, bad school no wonder they have almost 1,000 students less than Great Oak. The students at Great Oak are the same kids that would have gone to TV years back, so it's not them, so it must be the administration over there, "BROWN and YELLOW, BROWN and YELLOW."
Annette January 24, 2014 at 01:27 PM
I am shocked at the delusional and uninformed comments!!! First, why is it a small group of people who don't want their boundary changed think they are more important than district as a whole! Second, you kidding yourself if you think there aren't drugs, entitled kids, and average teachers at all of the schools! Third, high school is what you make of it...be involved and make good choices and you will have a positive experience! Last, TV has an awesome new Principal and some great teachers! The district has created this imbalance and I hope they finally stand their ground and implement these much needed boundary changes!!!
Michael January 24, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Eric Springs, if your child currently goes to that school they get to stay at that school until they graduate. And being a student at GOHS, I'm ok with the fact that your son loves TVHS. But, since you have done the research and your kid now will be able to go to GOHS, I suggest that you talk to him and see if he wants to switch. Trust me, you guys both won't be disappointed even though both schools are great.
Sam Adams January 24, 2014 at 06:10 PM
I can't even believe some of the pompous selfish comments I am reading in regards to the rezoning. Earth to "homeowners:" Renters are NOT SECOND CLASS CITIZENS YOU MORONS!!! In most cases, including my families, we are footing the bill for not only the mortgage, but the property taxes, homeowners association dues, and home owners insurance AS WELL AS AN ADDITIONAL $500 a month my landlord, an amateur real estate investor gets to pocket. Not to mention, MOST MILITARY families and some prior service families indeed do rent. Waiting list for renters?????? Incredible!!! Property tax receipts??? I would sue the school district for descrimination!!! NOT EVERYONE can go to Great Oak folks, deal with it. That's life.
Aaron Powers January 24, 2014 at 06:36 PM
@Jason J, why not buy a home then? Have some skin in the game...BTW, you're not footing the bill. If you stop paying the rent, your amateur landlord still has to pay the mortgage, insurance, property taxes, HOA, etc. Your amateur landlord takes all the risk.
Temek January 24, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Well well, a couple big fat babies turning on their own community members because they might not get their way. People rent homes for many reasons instead of living in a home they own. Being a homeowner doesn't give you any "skin" in this "game" and only in your own self glorified minds, are you entitled to any more. I Have a feeling you, Christina and Aaron, are looking to be rezoned. I hope for the sake of this town, your kids are admitted to their rightful school and make the best if it. Take your passion with you and make your communiry proud! And somebody please call the waaaambulance!!
Aaron Powers January 24, 2014 at 08:13 PM
@TemeculaLady. Well, your feeling is wrong, in my case at least. I know you don't give a crude about me and my family, so don't bother pretending. I am just a taxpayer speaking my mind. My kids are not subject to this school rezoning change.
Concerned Parent January 24, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Why should it matter if your rent or own? Regardless you are paying to live in a specific location and should have access to your community/neighborhood schools. Again, the out of district transfers need to be looked at first.
Temek January 24, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Aaron I didn't pretend to give a "crude" about YOUR kids. I said "for the sake of our town and community" not YOUR kids. NO NEW DISTRICT TRANSFERS! A good start
Very interesting January 24, 2014 at 09:14 PM
I am amazed how so many feel GOHS is the golden school! I had one child graduate from GOHS and one from TVHS. Guess what, my one that graduated from TVHS is headed off to a 4 year university and mine that graduated from GOHS did a two year and transferred to a four year. Their education was not any different and their end result will be the same! It is how you parent!!!
Crash Croggins January 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM
Wow, that TJ is a real snob. Why don't you put your kids in a private school? Great Oak doesn't want snobs like yourself. Please don't move into our area, we don't need anymore trash.
Only my thought January 25, 2014 at 03:35 AM
Is any of this going to matter now that we will be required to follow common core? My son goes to TVHS and we couldn't get his test grade for 3 weeks beacuse we had to wait on GO due to common core. FYI if TVHS has 1,000 kids less then GO that would have to mean smaller class size which benefits any child.. Regardless if someone rents or own we all get a wonderful tax bil, that doesn't make one better then the next. I choose to rent less of a headache.
TJ January 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Crash...I am not a snob. LOL! And I already live in the area. Our family moved to the area for the schools. We bought our house because of the schools we were told our kids would go to. I just want what I believe is best for MY kids. If you want to call me names that's fine. I don't have to please or deal with you.
KB January 26, 2014 at 02:23 AM
I know one thing I would not live in wolf creek just so my kids could attend a certain school. To close to the casino/crime and the high taxes are a rip off. Even RedHawk has some questionable demographics.
southernbelle January 27, 2014 at 09:08 PM
I think the general consensus in our area is that GOHS is the better of the 3. It's a nicer, newer school, and the athletic program has many of the better teams in several sports. It's the only school offering the IB program. The facilities are better organized and more appealing (i think they even have an air conditioner that actually works in 105!)---except for the TVHS brand new PAC bldg. Wow--has anyone seen that? It's AMAZING!! As far as kids, drugs, bullying, etc-- I think all 3 run pretty even. As far as teachers, my guess is all 3 have highs and lows. I've attended school day where parents are allowed to sit in and most of the teachers seemed like they were on top of things. But I won't lie--I was extremely disappointed with an AP teacher, and a science teacher. I usually always lean toward the side of the teacher because I can't imagine how tough it is to do their job with 35-40 students per class. good grief, I'd be a mess at the end of each day. I like to give the benefit of the doubt until I see patterns. And thankfully, my child's science teacher this year is completely opposite of last years and we're back in the swing of things. All that being said, I feel like the 2 older schools are in desperate need of some facility upgrades, one school needs to create a balance and offer the IB also, and both need to work harder to find better coaches (as GOHS has done), so they can also have a "sports" reputation outside of football and volleyball; 3000 or more kids attend, and not all want to play those 2 sports. I'm al for rezoning, and agree that kids should attend in the area they live--only exception being IB. But GOHS is about to hit overload as soon as all the new nearby housing, and possible pats being built behind old town …what then? I didn't know about talk of HS in FV--that would certainly help.
William Hunter Patton February 06, 2014 at 03:01 PM
I hope each of you attend the upcoming meetings and address your concerns. We had many issues buying a house zoned for Great Oak. It was the MAIN criteria and focal point for our relocation from out of state into Temecula. I don’t have anything negative to say about the other schools. We did our research and much of it to determine what suited our family best. The best any of us can do is show up and voice our concerns. We have learned; anyone that started at GOHS will complete their senior year at GOHS regardless of outcome. We have a younger child that may not get his chance to attend there. Please attend these meetings.
Daren Walsh February 07, 2014 at 07:26 PM
I get that everyone near GOHS thinks it's a better school; That's great! Why is it better? Can't TVUSD improve the other high schools to make them more desireable/equal? What about building the new school slated for French Valley? That would relieve crowding in all three existing campuses. The Voters approved measure Y in 2012 to help improve schools and build the French Valley campus (see section 9.1.2.3 of Master Facility Plan at http://www.tvusd.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1375364640354 ). Tax payers are already paying for it. Developers are already paying School Developer's fees for all the new Roripaugh homes and Paseo Del Sol Apartments. By building the new campus all the schools would be less crowded and kids could go to school closer to home. The school District already owns the 101 acres at Washington Road and Thompson Street. I think that if you live near GOHS and you want your child to go there you should push for improvements in facilities, curriculum, IB, and staffing THROUGHOUT the TVUSD to help make all the schools the best they can be. Obviously it can be done, we just need to spread it around... P.S. Allowing mortgages to be used for proof of residency only allows non-resident landlords to put their kids at GOHS too. Landlords also pay water bills so tenants will water the grass. There's got to be a better way to prove residency.
Only my thought February 07, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Daren Walsh- I know this is not the subject but.. I wish my landlord paid my water bill.
Robert Coake March 05, 2014 at 10:41 AM
FOR ALL OF ABOVE: 8400 TOTAL DISTRICT TRANSFERS 2013-2014 per TVUSD. It's not a few whining about boundary changes, it's absurd to even discuss it until we support, encourage and attend our own schools. 6500 not going to their own schools (transfers should only be fore extraordinary circumstances) and 2400 from OUT OF DISTRICT, Fallbrook (San Diego County!), Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, it's called misappropriating my taxes in my book so let's fix it.
Sara Neeley March 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM
(This is written by my son) I am in 6th grade at Margarita Middle School. Now I am in the TVHS boundaries. One of my friends is probably going to CHS and my other friend has no choice but to go to TVHS. We all live on the same street. My brother goes to CHS so I have a choice. It would be nice for me to go to CHS so my brother can drive me. The new changes will keep my friends apart though. Also my orchestra teacher is moving to TVHS and I like to play the cello. That is hard but I have two years to decide. I went to the school board meeting when they voted and I felt bad for the people who bought houses in a certain school boundary and now it has all changed.
ChrisG March 29, 2014 at 01:28 AM
@saras kid. Go to TV.

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