Some Walnut Creek parents are trying, yet again, to get Walnut Creek schools out of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Saying Mt. Diablo is too big, supporters are in the very early stages of a plan to ask the Mt. Diablo school board to support them as they work to create a new school district, which would include Northgate High School, all of Mt. Diablo's Walnut Creek elementary schools and Foothill Middle. The working title: The Northgate Unified School District.

It isn't clear how many parents support this move at this early stage.

The Mt. Diablo school board held an informational meeting May 27 on a proposal to divide into two districts.

Board members listened as parents and teachers, both for and against the separation, told them why a new district is a bad or good idea. But leaders of the Walnut Creek group said the earliest a reorganization of the district could happen would be the 2016-17 school year. And the way these parents hope it will succeed is with the blessing of the Mt. Diablo board and hope they will make a resolution to the county board of education asking for the split.

"We don't have all the answers we couldn't possibly at this stage," said parent Linda Loza. "Eventually way down the road ... we would look for a resolution from all affected districts, which would be Mt. Diablo."


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Some said this would help get more money for the Mt. Diablo district, and that smaller districts could mean better student performance.

There are many questions, including whether teachers would be members of the teacher's union. Some speakers at the May 27 meeting were clearly against the split, saying such a move was tantamount to segregation because the new district would be mainly white students.

The proposal would mean Mt. Diablo district would lose an estimated 4,800 students to the Northgate district. No decisions were made at the Tuesday meeting, but Board President Barbara Oaks asked Mt. Diablo staff to evaluate the proposal. She also said it was too soon for her to comment on the group's plan.

To find out more go to the group's website at nusd.moonfruit.com/

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