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Whittier

July 11, 1985

After four months of deliberations, the board of education has completed a master plan to balance enrollments in the East Whittier City School District. About 270 of the system's 6,100 students will be affected by the changes to be implemented in September, 1986.

Although some of district's 12 schools are overcrowded, classrooms at other campuses are empty because of enrollment shifts in recent years, Supt. Gary Mills said. To balance student rolls, trustees agreed to move attendance boundaries for several schools and add portable classrooms at Evergreen Elementary.

Mills said the district will spend $40,000 to $50,000 to move three temporary rooms from Ceres Elementary to Evergreen.

Other changes include sending some Mulberry Elementary students to Ocean View Elementary, transferring some East Whittier Middle School students to Hillview Middle School, and sending some Hillview students to Granada Middle School. The board agreed in May to transfer about 75 students from Mulberry to nearby Orchard Dale.

Parents and students affected by the changes will be notified this fall, Mills said.

Meanwhile, the East Whittier board has adopted a $29.8-million budget for fiscal 1985-86. The new budget is about $700,000, or 2.3%, larger than last year's budget.

About one-third of the budget, roughly $10 million, is for a special education consortium of eight area school districts, which contribute money and instructors to teach students with physical or learning disabilities. East Whittier officials administer the program, which offers classes in each of the eight districts.

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