It seems that the public has been exposed to certain "mythology" concerning the recommendations for a new high school in the Alhambra City and High School Districts in a letter from Alhambra City Manager Kevin Murphy (Times, Jan. 15). Permit me to present some hard and reasoned facts.
First, southern Rosemead is the area which has experienced the least amount of growth in both total population and population of school-age children. Figures extrapolated from statistics obtained from the county Regional Planning Department, the cities involved and the 1980 Census show the following:
- Population growth 1980-1986: Alhambra, 9,359; Monterey Park, 6,440 and southern Rosemead, 4,132.
- Total housing unit growth 1980-1986: Alhambra, 1,545; Monterey Park, 1,177, and southern Rosemead, 392.
- Student growth 1980-1986: Alhambra, 1,510; Monterey Park, 1,236, and southern Rosemead, 661.
What civic leaders in Rosemead have been saying is true. The majority of growth has not been occurring in our city.
Parents and community leaders in south Rosemead have always desired more control over the educational future of their children. That is why, for the past 25 years, many have said they want a high school within their community. Yes, the Garvey school board, which serves students from southern Rosemead, did want to discuss the possibility of placing a small high school within its boundaries as a reaction against an apparent lack of attention toward the educational needs of their community's children.