Tonight, the School Board is continuing on its plan to bring some sense to the district’s enrollment policies. I know I’ve neglected writing and covering some of the issues but here are some of the items that have been addressed:
- allow the children of employees to be enrolled at the employees’ school sites;
- provide families with earlier notification of potential and actual diversion if their neighborhood school is full;
- prevent children from being diverted more than once; and
- allow siblings of diverted students to all attend the same school.
One of the issues to still be resolved is how to streamline enrollment for military families like the Coast Guard families that often don’t know where they will end up and will often miss traditional enrollment deadlines.
According to the staff presentation here are some of the plans:
The issue that I hope is addressed by the School Board is that some schools, like Ruby Bridges, that has a large percentage of Coast Guard families may not have room in the fall to accommodate families given some of the cuts to the number of classrooms that is projected for the fall.
I know there have been some critiques from Coast Guard families at over enrolled schools that the families have difficult getting into their neighborhood school because they aren’t able to enroll early enough. It’s not clear from just this presentation if that has been addressed by this two step pilot.