Kimber Park area

Asked by Hollie, Tracy, CA Thu Jun 3, 2010

Is Kimber Park area being moved out of MSJ attendence area?

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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Jun 3, 2010
Questions like yours in regard to rumored changes in the Mission San Jose School Attendace Area. come up from time to time. Even when no plans are in the wind to make any changes, rumors of this kind spring up. It just shows the importance that many homeowners and home buyers put on living in the best possible school attendance area. Fremont’s Mission San Jose High School attendance area, including the middle school and grammar schools that feed it, are among the highest ranked public schools in California. This of course adds desirability to the neighborhoods served by those schools and adds to the value of the homes in those neighborhoods.

As has already been mentioned, there are no current plans to make changes in the school attendace area for Kimber Park or any others. This does not mean that there never will be changes. School attendance areas are not immutably fixed.

As a concerned parent, I am sure that you will want to keep abreast of the happenings at the Fremont Unified School District. My suggestion is that you get involved in the parent support group at the school, read the local newspaper and visit the school website from time to time.
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Jun 3, 2010
Hi Hollie, just a little history regarding this subject matter:

There have been two notable occurrences surrounding boundaries.

The most contentious came in 2000 when FUSD announced plans to redraw the school boundary lines. The plan would route students from high-scoring elementary schools (such as Weibel Elementary School, which at this time held the 3rd highest elementary API score in CA) to a lower-scoring high school (Irvington High School). The school district claimed this action was normal “load balancing.” In the fall of 2000 a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Jose against the school district, five school district board members, and Superintendent Sharon Jones. The parent’s lawyer argued that the district was trying to maintain a racial and socio-economical balance within the district, which violated the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit was later dropped, as a compromise between the parents and school district was made.

When the Fremont Board of Education in June 2007 proposed (as an OPTION mind you) to route students from Gomes Elementary to Kennedy High to once again address overcrowding at MSJ High the boundary issue was revived. Even though the option was not recommended by the Board in the meeting, the mere mention of the school’s name led to a heightened concern and reaction from parents. A town hall meeting was held on June 12, 2007. More than 1500 people attended, and Gomes was dropped from their option list.

The fact of the matter, and the reality, is "load balancing" is here to stay. Therefore, given a boundary change is possible, I would suggest you hedge against this by choosing a home as far into the epicenter of an attendance area as possible. You can view the MSJ Attendance Map here:

Best, Steve
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Michele Tayl…, Agent, Palm Springs, CA
Thu Jun 3, 2010
Hi Hollie-Don't worry; that is just a rumor at this point.
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Lubna Sheikh, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Jun 3, 2010
No such plans of moving Kimber Park out of MSJ attendence area. These were only rumors.
check the district website and see what is on the agenda to see if they will ever be discussing it in the future
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