The county Committee on School District Reorganization will be holding two public hearings in May to receive testimony on a proposal that affects every resident of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Citizens who live on the east side of the Peninsula have submitted a petition, which, if approved, could lead to the formation of a new school district. This proposed district would consist of most of the existing Peninsula-wide school system that lies east of Crenshaw Boulevard and east of the Crenshaw right of way to the ocean.
The role of the county committee is to gather information on this issue and submit a recommendation to the state Board of Education, which makes the final decision on the petition. If the board approves the petition, it will call an election and determine which Peninsula residents will have the right to vote on the issue.
Under state law, a number of criteria must be satisfied to win approval of the petition. These include a minimal number of students, a sense of community identity in the proposed district, equitable division of the existing district's property, and whether reorganization will promote racial or ethnic discrimination.