Panama-Buena Vista Union school district redrawing boundary lines next year

Would effect 1,400 elementary school students

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Panama-Buena Vista Union school district could see major changes as the area continues to see a housing boom in southwest Bakersfield.

With some schools having over 1,000 students, a proposal for the 2013-2014 school year would redraw the district boundary lines. It's a plan that would affect eight percent of the district, or about 1,400 elementary school students.

"What we're attempting to do is maximize the use of all our schools and take care of the really high impacted schools that are currently over enrolled," Gerrie Kincaid, assistant superintendent of educational services, said.

Parents and administrators voiced their concerns at Berkshire elementary Monday night, and some parents are not too thrilled about the proposal.

"I'm really concerned that the change would affect my daughter negatively," Pamela McNeal, a parent, said.

The school board will hold a meeting Wednesday night for public discussion and will make a final decision on May 14th.

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