Westwood Charter Elementary Boundaries
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There is a proposal on the table to change the current boundaries of Westwood Charter Elementary
Sending children to a school on the other side of the 405 freeway destroys the ability of those families to have their children walk or ride a bike to school and breaks up an existing community. The 405 is a significant barrier -- both physically and by virtue of the traffic that blocks circulation for many hours of the day. In addition, asking children to cross the streets in that area is a serious safety concern.
We are also proposing to implement an address verification plan ASAP. Specifically, model it after Carpenter school in Studio City who came up with a massive plan to verify students addresses by a dedicated LAUSD PSA coordinator with the principle lead. Residents students should have a seat in their resident school and if someone says they're living in our area, we cab use public records to find out if that's true.
WWC is stuck with a policy that is outdated and needs to be addressed promptly. Carpenter Charter, in Studio City, is an affiliated LAUSD charter school. They had a population problem a few years ago and their area is growing. However, they require a much more rigorous way that one can attend:
PSA coordinator (this person is full timeLAUSD employee) to verify address and cross verification on Lexis Nexus
Their Principal goes door to door to verify addresses year long
Home visits are performed each year
Two utility bills (Family must reside in boundary yearly)
'First come, first serve'basis if it becomes overcrowded.
More information about Carpenter policy can be found here:
This is an issue that affects the ENTIRE community -- whether folks have kids in school or not. One of the reasons that homes in our area are in high demand has to do with the school. A change in boundaries could have an impact on property values and perhaps this will help to motivate those whose children have grown or who do not track LAUSD issues.
Our new proposal:
1) Implement an address verification plan ASAP, including an allocation of a PSA coordinator (once a week address verifications provided for no charge by LAUSD) and address verification using public records.
2) Emulate Fairburn's enrollment process where enrollment begins on May 1 and stops when they are at capacity. Over enrollment students are directed to Warner avenue.
3) Keep the current boundaries