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ANA

District Weighs Use of Eminent Domain

March 24, 1998|HOPE HAMASHIGE

Local schools are so crowded that educators say they must consider building new campuses to solve the crisis. The only problem is, there is virtually no undeveloped land that is large enough to accommodate a school.

Tonight, the Santa Ana Unified School District board will discuss a possible solution to its overcrowding problems: exercising its legal power of eminent domain.

Santa Ana Unified has built 12 schools in the last eight years to create enough classrooms for its 53,000 students. Several of those properties were acquired through eminent domain.

But even the new schools are overcrowded, in part because of class-size reduction in the lower grades, officials said.

The board meets tonight at 7 at district headquarters, 1601 E. Chestnut Ave.

Information: (714) 558-5501.

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