PBVUSD leaves room for rapid west-side growth in approving new school boundaries


Bakersfield’s developers have big plans for the far west neighborhood of West Ming. At its last meeting, the school board of Panama-Buena Vista Union School District approved new boundaries that give its newest school, Highgate Elementary, plenty of room to grow when students arrive from those yet-to-be-built homes.

Last week, the board unanimously approved a staff recommendation for Highgate Elementary’s new borders for the school’s August opening. Under this plan, the school is projected to open at 61 percent of its capacity with 396 students. The approved borders put to rest questions concerning west side expansion in Bakersfield and where students would be pulled from in order to fill the void created at Highgate. Read the full article by Emma Gallegos of the Bakersfield Californian here.