from the August 5, 2010 edition of the OC Register:
Residents of rural Silverado Canyon and surrounding areas could be asked to decide at the ballot box whether their community should secede from its assigned school district and be annexed to the neighboring one, under a proposal brought forward Wednesday by a group of locals furious over the closure of beloved but tiny Silverado Elementary School.
At a nearly two-hour public hearing Wednesday at Chapman Hills Elementary School in Orange, the group implored county education officials to let voters decide whether sparsely populated Silverado, Black Star, Ladd, Williams and Modjeska canyons should be annexed to the Saddleback Valley Unified School District...
...The public hearing was presided over by the Orange County Committee on School District Organization, an 11-member governing body housed at the county Department of Education. The group will decide in the coming months whether Silverado residents will get to vote on the secession issue.
An environmental impact report on the proposed annexation is expected to be ready in October.
"We won't make a decision until the fall," committee President Shirley Carey told the approximately 35 people in attendance...
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