School board talks enrollment priorities
Quick: If a student is diverted from their school for a few years and a new family with a kid the same age moves into the neighborhood, who gets priority when a space opens up at their school?
Wondering what the answer is? So, apparently are school district staff, who’ve brought the question of enrollment priorities to the school board for clarification of their policy. They’ll talk about it Tuesday night.
Some 590 of the district’s students (they had about 9,900 this past year) are in schools outside their neighborhood attendance zones for a variety of different reasons, including parental request, special education and English language placements according to School Board President Mike McMahon’s website. But an increasing number are elementary school students who were diverted to other schools because their was no space for them in their neighborhood school.
The district’s current practice is to return diverted students to their home school if space is available, and waiting lists are kept to determine the order in which they return. But it’s apparently not totally clear whether a child who has been diverted for a few years has priority over a new neighborhood resident or conversely, how long students who are diverted to other schools can stay there.
More to come on this, I’m sure.
The school board is also holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. today in the superintendent’s conference room at the district offices, 2200 Central Avenue. They’ll be talking about their values, vision and mission.