Despite a unanimous local ruling last month in favor of the Denair Unified School District, a boundary dispute involving the neighboring Turlock school district will be decided by state officials.
At issue is which district will receive $1 million or more in developer fees when news home are built on the currently vacant property, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in state funding based upon student enrollment.
The matter appeared settled Feb. 17 when the Stanislaus County Commission on School District reorganization voted 10-0 to deny a petition by developer Ron Katakis to transfer about 92 acres from the Denair district to the Turlock Unified School District. Katakis envisions nearly 300 homes at the northwest corner of Tuolumne and Waring roads, which has been in the Denair district since the boundary lines were drawn many decades ago.
Katakis had five days from the decision to appeal, which he declined to do. The Turlock district had 30 days.
During public hearings last fall and in February, the Turlock school board took no formal position on the petition, though two of its members spoke in favor of it. That changed early Friday morning at a special meeting where Turlock trustees voted to pursue an appeal.
Denair Superintendent Aaron Rosander said he was disappointed by the Turlock board’s decision.
“Last month, the County Committee on School District Reorganization correctly denied the petition by a local developer to transfer this land. … I believe it is time we agree that this matter is rightfully closed and to turn our focus fully and completely on education itself,” Rosander said. “I’ve no doubt that Denair schools and Turlock Unified can harmoniously and effectively operate our districts side by side as the boundary stands, and I look forward to doing just that.” Continue reading “Denair Superintendent Expresses Disappointment in Turlock’s Appeal of Boundary Decision” »