The Brentwood Union School District's eighth elementary school campus, which has sat unused for two years, will open in July for the 2013-14 academic year in North Brentwood.
Mary Casey Black Elementary School was completed in 2011 near Sand Creek Road with state funding, but it failed to open because of the district's economic constraints. The school will soon house more than 500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students who now attend Brentwood, Garin and Marsh Creek elementary schools.
"We are certainly excited," Brentwood school board member Emil Geddes said. "We have waited two years to open it. It will give kids a chance to safely walk to school."
Providing a neighborhood school for that area of the city will allow some students to be much closer to their campus, according to Brentwood school board member Heather Partida.
"A lot of building permits are being pulled there. It (school) will be a good size with room to grow," Partida said of the campus at the corner of Farmington Drive and Garin Parkway. "It will be a good addition to our district."
The school's opening requires that the district shift attendance boundaries. The proposed Mary Casey Black boundary is the area east of Brentwood Boulevard from Lone Tree Way on the north side to Oak and Chestnut streets along the south perimeter. All elementary school students living in this new boundary will be automatically transferred to the new school unless a parent submits an intra-district transfer request by March 1.
Parents can obtain transfer request forms from their child's school in January, and they will be notified by the district by March 15. School board officials said they want to provide space for families who wish to transfer.
"You can transfer to stay at your home school," Partida said. "It is a beautiful campus. I think that once they see it, they will get excited about it."
Only students living in the proposed boundary area will be impacted by this change, according to the district. District officials added that the boundary change will also bring most of the district's elementary campuses to more manageable sizes.
"It will bring Garin and Marsh Creek schools to reduced sizes," Geddes said. "We will have room for growth, which will happen over time."
Staffing and teaching assignments for Mary Casey Black will not be determined until spring, but the district has vowed it will be staffed by a mix of new, veteran and existing teachers like the other Brentwood schools. The campus will also provide resources and programs like other district school sites.
The school is named after a former teacher, principal and district administrator who served the district for 37 years and still lives in the community. She is still considered an advocate for students in Brentwood.
Contact Paula King at 925-779-7174.
The community will have a chance to preview the new Mary Casey Black Elementary School campus on Jan. 15 at 480 Farmington Drive, Brentwood. The community meeting will have a session in Spanish at 6 p.m. followed by one in English at 7 p.m. inside the multipurpose room.
Intra-district transfer forms for parents who want their children to attend another school in the district outside of the proposed boundary can be obtained at the student's school site in January. The deadline for transfer requests is March 1, and families will be notified by March 15. For more information, call 925-513-6300 or send an email to email@example.com.