An unknown group of parents in Walnut Creek are apparently trying to start the Northgate Unified School District (NUSD), which would be made up of all schools located in Walnut Creek that are currently a part of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, according to the group’s website.
The website, http://nusd.moonfruit.com/, says “We have begun the process to form a new Northgate Unified School District. Our intent is to keep our NHS community attendance area intact and include the rest of MDUSD Walnut Creek into our boundaries. We are not seeking unification with the Walnut Creek School District or Acalanes Union High School District. This is a long and complicated process with many unanswered questions at this time. In the spirit of community we want to keep you informed. Anyone who is interested in being involved please sign-up for our enews and follow us on facebook.”
Several emails have been sent to many parents and residents by two individuals who are apparently involved in the plan to split.
One of the emails, sent out by Andrea Smethurst, says “Apparently, a MDUSD board has asked us to submit a proposal to split off. I am sending this to a you because I thought this might be of interest and you might want to attend the informational meeting about this on Sunday April 6 at 10:00 a.m. The location is Linda Loza’s home in Walnut Creek. I know nothing more about this and I know some may be in favor and some opposed. See email below to rsvp about attending the meeting.
Another email, sent by Alisa Mac Cormac, says “We have begun a query to form a new Northgate Unified School District. Our intent is to keep our NHS community attendance area intact and we would like to include the rest of MDUSD Walnut Creek into our boundaries. We are not seeking unification with the Walnut Creek School District or Acalanes Union High School District. After a lengthy discussion with Superintendent Meyer, Board President Barbara Oaks, and Board Member Cheryl Hansen, Barbara Oaks has surprised us by asking to include a proposal on the April 9th MDUSD Board Agenda to schedule a future workshop to review the idea of breaking off a portion of the MDUSD to create a new school district. I am writing to invite you to an informational Northgate community meeting, to be held prior to the MDUSD board meeting, to discuss the prospect of our own district with our neighbors and friends. The meeting will be this Sunday April 6 at 10:00 a.m. The location is Linda Loza’s home in Walnut Creek. To RSVP, please email: NorthgateUSD@gmail.com Or log-on to our new Northgate Unified School District web site: http://nusd.moonfruit.com and sign up if you want up-to-date information. This is a long and complicated process with many unanswered questions at this time. In the spirit of community we want to inform you and continue to keep you informed. Anyone who is interested in being involved please let us know. With thanks always, Alisa Mac Cormac
At this time, no official proposal has been given to the MDUSD Board of Education, and we can confirm that although individual board members might have directed the group on where to begin, the entire MDUSD Board of Education as a whole has not asked the group to submit a proposal.
It is unknown how this plan would affect children who live in Concord’s Lime Ridge and Crossings neighborhoods, who attend schools in Walnut Creek.
An email seeking comments from the two individuals listed above has not been returned.
UPDATE: One of the planners, Linda Loza, responded, saying “We are not proposing a district based solely on City boundaries. Our goal is clear, we want to include the entire Northgate attendance area. The families in Limeridge, the Crossings, and Crystal Ranch are our neighbors, friends, and supporters of our schools and educational programs. We are not excluding them in our proposal.”