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Roseville high school students don’t always attend closest school

Plans for new west Roseville campus depend on housing market
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Parents of teenagers living in west Roseville may be wondering the same thing: Why can't their kids attend the closest school possible?

Some students living in the city's western neighborhoods are bussed past nearby Woodcreek High School to Oakmont or Roseville high schools. The reason is simple - Woodcreek is over capacity and can't accommodate additional students. Oakmont and Roseville, meanwhile, aren't full.

But that doesn't make parents any less frustrated.

Parent April Marskell attended the Blue Oaks Neighborhood Association meeting Feb. 22 during which Roseville Joint Union High School District representatives spoke about school zoning. Marskell said about 75 people attended the meeting.

"The truth of the matter is it bothers more people than you saw in the room," she said.

Marskell's children are years away from entering high school but she said several of her neighbors are upset and she's trying to raise awareness about the predicament.

The district's boundaries were redrawn several years ago in anticipation of Antelope High School opening in 2008. The district will undertake redistricting prior to opening its sixth comprehensive high school, located in the WestPark neighborhood, but doesn't currently have a timeline for that process, said Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Ron Severson.

The district planned to open a new campus in 2013, but then housing construction in the West Roseville Specific Plan stopped.

"We thought there'd be 1,000 more houses than there are right now," Severson said. "All of us are at the mercy of the economy right now."

He said the opening of a new campus could happen between 2017 and 2019, but that's uncertain. The district needs about 800 to 1,000 additional students in west Roseville to start a freshman and sophomore class, with the potential for about 1,500 to 1,600 pupils total.

Marskell said some parents also dislike that their children at Cooley Middle School are split up and sent to three different campuses for high school, breaking up friendships during a critical time in childhood.

The district receives more than 1,600 intra-district transfer requests each year, and grants these based on educational reasons, with preference given to siblings concurrently enrolled, not necessarily so a child can attend a closer school.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Current attendance areas:

  • Antelope High School: 95843 (east of Walerga)
  • Granite Bay High School: 95661 (Eureka Union School District area), 95746
  • Oakmont High School: 95747 (west of Fiddyment), 95747 (east of Walerga, south of Vineyard), 95678 (south of Douglas), 95661 (Roseville City School District area)
  • Roseville High School: 95747 (north of Blue Oaks Blvd., north of Vineyard)
  • Woodcreek High School: 95747 (east of Fiddyment, south of Blue Oaks Blvd., north of Vineyard)

 Expected enrollment and caps for the 2012-13 school year:

School/enrollment/cap/intra-district openings

Antelope: 1,780/1,800/closed

Granite Bay: 2,165/2,125/limited

Oakmont: 1,601/1,750/open

Roseville: 1,994/2,175/limited

Woodcreek: 2,199/2,150/closed

 * District's deadline for intra-district transfers was Feb. 14.