Sagebrush Territory Transfer Meeting Set for May 1

A meeting between school district officials and the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization to discuss the possible transfer of the Sagebrush territory into the La Cañada Unified School District — and an environmental impact report regarding that issue — is set for May 1.
Petitioners from Sagebrush, which encompasses about 380 acres in La Cañada Flintridge’s western-most part, seek to transfer the area from the Glendale Unified School District to LCUSD.
Both LCUSD and GUSD officials will have 20 minutes to discuss the territory transfer issue during the meeting at the county committee’s headquarters in Downey, said LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette at a recent Joint-Use Committee meeting. UniteLCF, which includes Sagebrush residents who advocate for the transfer, will also get 20 minutes.
Sinnette asked for a City Council member or the mayor to attend the meeting to support the district, which backs the petitioners. LCUSD Governing Board member Dan Jeffries also noted he has learned that GUSD rallies its staff members to go to speak at the meetings, which can help sway opinion of county committee members.
City Councilwoman Terry Walker, who was succeeded as mayor this week by Leonard Pieroni, said she knew of some Sagebrush residents who felt their education was hurt because they didn’t attend LCUSD schools and they might want to speak at the meeting in May.
After the meeting, Sinnette said the current Sagebrush student population is between 400 and 450 people. Currently, 215 students from the area attend LCUSD schools and about 190 study at three GUSD schools, she said.


Also at the meeting, LCF Division Manager Arabo Parseghian said a plan to repair the cracked surface of the Cornishon Avenue tennis courts, which are at least 25 years old, is moving ahead. The city has opened the plan for bids.
At a previous Joint-Use Committee meeting, members decided to go forward with the project if the LCUSD and City Council each agreed to pay half of the approximately $140,000 initial cost.
Parseghian said it should take four weeks to get the proposed resurfacing cost and the amount will be presented to the committee.
An additional $15,000 to $20,000 will likely be needed to examine and repair any underlying surface gaps.
DeChellis said the resurfacing could take a month.

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