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re: Valencia is great but too close to Newhall fo - 11/9/2010
I hope you are enjoying Valencia; it is much more aesthetically pleasing than Canyon Country, where I live. We have alot of land and thought about moving to your side of town but we love our huge yard and mountains and views. In response to your youngest child and the change that occurred, look into an inter-district or intra-district transfer within your school districts' main office. There are ways and options, since you are a taxpayer and parent, where certain "circumstances" will allow your child back into the school where you intended them to attend in the first place. These changes are best made during Winter/Holiday Break as well as Summer. If your child is content and has great teachers, I would leave it be but if its not working out you do have options. Good Luck.

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