SAN BRUNO -- Children from Crestmoor Elementary School will be allowed to disperse throughout the district under a proposal approved late Wednesday night by the San Bruno Park School District trustees.

The board voted 4-0 to close the school, which has been plagued by low attendance, but gave its students and their families some choice as to where they wind up next year.

Students who live near Crestmoor in the soon-to-be-shuttered school's attendance area will be able to apply by May 1 to any school in the district as if they resided within that school's boundaries. Children who attend Crestmoor as transfer students can apply to nearby Rollingwood Elementary as "in-boundary" students, but for all other schools, they will have to follow the traditional process for transferring.

Crestmoor students are not guaranteed their first choice of school in 2013-14 but applying from within a school's boundaries enhances a child's chance of getting it.

Trustee Kevin Martinez suggested the proposal as an alternative to Superintendent David Hutt's recommendation that all Crestmoor students be sent to Rollingwood.

"It does involve giving a fair measure of choice back to the parents," Martinez said Thursday.

Scott Curtner, head of Crestmoor's parent teacher organization, said he has mixed feelings about the compromise, which also redrew the attendance boundaries for Rollingwood and John Muir schools to include the areas ceded by Crestmoor. He was disappointed for parents of both transfer students and Rollingwood students, the latter of whom may have to share teachers again next year in split classes.

"I feel like we got maybe one-third of what we wanted," Curtner said.

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