Neighborhood Proposal to Split From Mt. Diablo Unified Under State Review – NBC Bay Area

A Walnut Creek neighborhood’s proposal to separate from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District was under consideration Wednesday with the state Board of Education.

Families in the Northgate community proposed secession in 2017, and the local school board rejected it. Their call is now being heard in Sacramento.

The proposal would allow five schools to spin off from Mt. Diablo Unified and form a new district. Northgate families want Northgate High School, Foothill Middle School, and Bancroft, Valle Verde, and Walnut Acres elementary schools split from Mt. Diablo, saying the district has become too bloated and a new, smaller district would lead to a better oversight and stronger community leadership.

Critics argue the move is rooted in a desire to weed out low-income and minority families. Mt. Diablo would see its median income drop, and with districts relying heavily on property taxes and parental donations as a source of funding, a number of student programs could be affected.

In 2017, the Contra Costa County School Board rejected the proposal in a 3-2 decision.

If the state board approves the appeal, it will go to a vote with all Mt. Diablo Unified voters.

Lance B. Holton