The San Diego Unified School District has proposed moving two Clairemont schools in an effort to persuade parents there to send their kids to local, neighborhood schools.

Under the proposal, the district would move its magnet Creative, Performing and Media Arts school to the current location of Kroc Middle School. The creative arts middle school currently enrolls 599 and has a waiting list of 500. Moving to the Kroc campus would allow it to enroll 1,000 students.

The performing arts school’s current site would then be converted into a new middle school, a move the district hopes will attract parents that currently choose not to send their kids to Kroc, which has suffered from low enrollment in recent years.

The idea for the switcheroo has emerged as part of the school system’s efforts to win the hearts of students and parents who have chosen to abandon the city’s traditional school system for private and charter schools as the district faces continual drops in enrollment.

The total price tag for the proposal is $8.9 million.

VLADIMIR KOGAN

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