PALMDALE- More Palmdale School District students will have the opportunity to attend neighborhood schools this fall, many of them within walking distance of their homes, thanks to an upcoming 2014-2015 rezone.
Palmdale School District is divided into many small geographical regions called zones. Residents in each zone are assigned to attend a specific elementary and intermediate school. A rezone is the process of district administration evaluating and changing zones and their school assignments.
“We rezone every few years to keep things balanced,” said Interim Superintendent Pauline Winbush. “This fall we will be realigning zones with their neighborhood schools, giving more of our students the healthy option of walking to school.”
This particular rezone comes along with the reopening of Tamarisk Elementary School.
“We’re very excited to have Tamarisk reopening,” said Winbush. “This, along with the recent contract agreements we reached with both the Palmdale Elementary Teachers’ Association and the California School Employees’ Association, is a testament that our current board and administration are doing their part in helping our students and staff reach their full potential.”
Tamarisk was closed, along with two other schools (Wildflower Elementary and Mesa Intermediate) in 2010 to reduce district operating costs during the worst of California’s financial crisis.
“These closures resulted in zoning that wasn’t really optimal,” said Maintenance and Operations Administrator Al Tsai. “State education funding was uncertain for a while. We know that changing schools can be tough for our students and their families, so we waited until we had a good idea of what the future would hold before rezoning.”
Not every school in Palmdale School District will be affected by the 2014-2015 rezone. Families with students attending a school affected by the rezone will receive a letter notifying them of what zone they are in and what schools they are assigned to attend.
“Families at schools affected by the rezone should receive a letter, even if their school assignment does not change,” explained Tsai. “If you do not receive a rezone letter you are likely not affected by the rezone, but we welcome anyone that would like to check their zoning and school assignments to do so.”
Residents can look-up their zone and school assignment by visiting the Palmdale School District website at www.palmdalesd.org and clicking the “Know Your Zone” icon on the right hand side. Residents are also welcome to contact Palmdale School District with any questions they may have at 661-947-7191.