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La Canada to Reopen Palm Crest Elementary

June 04, 1987

Faced with expanding elementary enrollment, La Canada Unified School District board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to reopen Palm Crest Elementary School in fall 1988.

The west side elementary school, north of Foothill Boulevard, was shut in 1979 because of shrinking enrollment.

Falling from a peak of 5,000 pupils in the late '60s to fewer than 3,000 a decade later, enrollment has remained about the same since.

However, officials predict grammar school population will rise by 400 within the next five years.

The school district leases the Palm Crest campus to Ribet Academy, a private school. But that lease expires next May, and officials will offer the academy use of an intermediate school that was shut several years ago.

Two elementaries, Paradise Canyon and La Canada, serve 750 and 600 students, respectively. Under the new plan, about 500 students will remain at each and about 350 will be transferred to Palm Crest.

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