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The Kern High School District says there are no funds for a Lamont high school

Posted at 5:01 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 03:05:11-05

The Kern High School District discussed the obstacles standing in the way of building a high school in Lamont.

Two buses transported students and parents to KHSD to advocate for a new high school in Lamont.

Currently about 900 students are bussed from Lamont to Arvin High School, out of the approximate 1,300 students who come from Lamont.

According to KHSD, Arvin High is 561 students over capacity at 2,664 students.

Lamont parents and students say being so far away from Arvin High makes it difficult to arrange transportation and to participate in extra-curricular activities, even with a bussing system.

In a presentation, KCSD Deputy Superintendent Scott Cole said there is no money available for a new high school in Lamont.

Cole adds that it's not just a matter of identifying the 1,200 to 1,300 students from Lamont for a new school. He says dividing Arvin's approximate 2,600 students in half would devastate the school's instructional program, causing KHSD to operate two high schools in an 'operational loss mode.'

KCSD did not vote on the possibility of a Lamont high school.