SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Unified School District may soon change who goes into their district's classrooms.
If approved the new policy would limit the number of students who transfer in from other districts. This means families living outside the boundaries would have to use their own local school.
"We have about 212 students who are currently living outside of Santa Barbara Unified attendance boundaries and what we are looking to do is limit those who are living outside of our boundaries to attend our schools," said Lauren Bianchi Klemann, who is the Santa Barbara Unified School District Public Information Officer.
Those 212 students living outside the district is costing taxpayers about $1.5 million. These possible new changes are in response to the Santa Barbara Unified becoming a basic aid district.
"What that means is that our property taxes are now exceeding our State intermediate funds," said Bianchi Klemann. "So what we want to do is invest our dollars that we have and put it into our students and supporting our families and our teachers."
Students who currently attend Santa Barbara schools will be able to stay all the way through at least 6th grade. Students who already live in the district's high schools will continue to go there. The plan is to make these changes gradually.
"We have been hearing from some of our parents who live in the Goleta Union, Hope Ranch, in Cold Spring, and in Montecito who are interdistrict transfers students within our elementary that want to go to our junior high and high school and areas are our four partner districts," said Bianchi Klemann. "So there will be no change for those families."
If the school board approves, there will be some exceptions. Students whose parents work for the district or City College can still go there. The same is true for a student whose family moves during the school year. The district will also consider hardship cases.
The Board of Education will take action on the proposed interdistrict transfers policy at their meeting on October 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The agenda will be available online Friday, October 6, 2017, and can be found by visiting www.sbunified.org/board/board-meetings.