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June 9: Deadline to apply for committee evaluating new school district

Sentinel staff report–
The deadline to apply for a seat on a new committee tasked with evaluating the potential establishment of a Citrus Heights school district is June 9.

The Citrus Heights Education Committee (CHEC) will be made up of seven members: one appointed by each council member, along with two at-large members. Residency within each council member’s district is not required.

The committee’s key responsibilities will include analyzing Citrus Heights schools, considering test scores, attendance records, extracurricular activities, and school capacity versus actual enrollment. The committee will also research the process of creating a school district, present examples of similar initiatives, assess the city’s capability to form a district, and evaluate the necessary budgetary resources.

According to a timeline posted on the city’s website, the committee aims to conduct its work primarily between July and October 2023, with “some or all of the meetings” to be held on weeknights.

Interested individuals must submit their completed applications by 5 p.m. on June 9. Applications are posted on the city’s website.

Formal appointments to the CHEC are slated to be made during the City Council meeting on June 22, 2023.

The application period opened last month, following a 3-2 vote by the City Council on May 25, where a work plan for the committee was approved. Council members have been split on whether the city should focus on working with the San Juan Unified School District to improve local schools, or whether to pursue consideration of forming a new school district.

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