UPDATED: Downtown Elementary could get boundary changes, lose seventh and eighth grades


This map shows the possible new boundaries for Downtown Elementary School. The BCSD board is expected to vote on the issue this December.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Downtown Elementary School could soon see significant changes to its student population. 

The Bakersfield City School District is considering boundary changes for the school as well as removing seventh and eighth grades to make the school elementary only. The district made a presentation to the Board of Education about these options last month.

The district said if the matter moves to an official proposal, the board would take action sometime next year.

If the board approves these changes, they could take place as soon as the 2020-21 school year, according to presentation documents. 

All current seventh graders would be able to continue to eighth grade at the school, but all current sixth-graders would need to either go to the junior high school closest to their residence or submit a request for a intra- or inter-district permit. 

Under the plan, the district would hold a special intra-district permit open enrollment period for Downtown kindergarten next spring.

All current kindergarten through fifth-grade students would need to confirm with the district if they wish to stay enrolled at the school, board documents show. 

Downtown Elementary is considered a specialized school because it is focused on serving students whose parents work in the downtown area, according to the district. There are currently no restrictions based on residence.

BCSD said it is considering changes to the school to help make it more equitable for students.

“While many families have benefited from this opportunity, there may be students within the BCSD boundaries that are unable to attend this school due to the criteria outlined in the current enrollment process,” the district said in a letter recently sent out to parents.

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