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COSTA MESA : Schools Offer Plan to Ease Crowding

The Newport Mesa Unified School District board could ease overcrowding by transferring about 65 special-education students and adding seven classrooms to two elementary schools in the Costa Mesa zone under a new plan released this week by school officials.

No attendance boundaries would be redrawn under the proposal, the second offered since the board began studying high enrollments in the zone last month.

The board first began looking at ways to absorb the district’s bulging population--which is expected to push schools to capacity by 1995-96--last year.

Last month, a recommendation to redraw boundary lines, shift 189 students and add a relocatable classroom to Killybrooke Elementary School met with heated opposition from parents.

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The lastest proposal, made Tuesday, also calls for adding one classroom to Killybrooke and six to College Park Elementary but won’t involve large numbers of students switching schools.

Dale Woolley, the district’s director of student services, said about 65 special-education students would move from Paularino Elementary to Killybrooke and from Sonora Elementary to Paularino.

Woolley said the impact would not be as traumatic for the students since they are now bused in the district anyway.

The board expects to make a decision by March 12.

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