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College May Offer 13 Classrooms for Magnet High School in Fall

May 07, 1997|REGINA HONG

VENTURA — School district and Ventura Community College officials are discussing the possibility of jointly operating a magnet high school as early as September.

The community college might have 13 classrooms in three buildings available on the Ventura College campus that could be used for a program to give high school students from the crowded Buena and Ventura high schools a chance to complete high school classes and enroll in courses for college credit.

College and school district officials have discussed creating some type of science-oriented magnet school for months, but haven't made a final decision on what type of school it would be.

Enrollment would depend on how many students from the high school campuses express interest before summer, officials said.

"It may be 10 [students]. It may be 110," said Robert Renger, Ventura College's dean of science and mathematics. "We have no [way] of knowing."

Supt. Joseph Spirito, however, warned that paying for such a program depends on passing an $81-million school bond measure on the June 3 ballot.

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