Cheryl Palla, a Panama-Buena Vista Union School District board member, is right: Delaying approval of new school boundaries was the wrong decision. While it's nice that the board has opted to stop and consider every bit of input from the public before moving forward, in the end it won't matter much. Students and their parents will ultimately dislike the results -- it happens every time without fail. School allegiances will be severed and neighborhood traditions brushed aside. There's just no way around it.

Meanwhile, the delay increases the chances that the K-8 district will endure another year of drastically unequal campus populations. One likely consequence: the otherwise unnecessary expense of purchasing portable classrooms at the more seriously overcrowded schools. The school board blew it by taking too long to develop a new boundary plan, and now the board has made things much worse.