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Greenfield's New Open Enrollment Seats Could Exceed 50

The Greenfield School Board approved 51 new seats for the 2013-14 school year, after approving just 14 a year ago.

As many as 51 new students from outside the district could be in Greenfield classrooms during the 2013-14 school year after the Greenfield School Board approved that number of Open Enrollment seats Monday.

The number figures to help maintain the district’s current staffing and program offerings, according to administration.

School Board member Russ Spahn voted against allowing that many seats, citing concerns about class sizes becoming too large. Len Cich cast the board’s other dissenting vote.

A year ago, the School Board approved 14 new Open Enrollment seats, one at each grade level.

The Open Enrollment state program allows students to attend school in a district other than the district of residence. Districts use class size limits based on pupil-teacher ratios to determine available open enrollment spaces.

There is a huge financial aspect to Open Enrollment. The more Open Enrollment seats a district has, the less cuts to the revenue cap a district has to make under the state’s funding procedures.

Open Enrollment seats generate about $6,445 per pupil, according to administration.

There will be 10 available Open Enrollment seats for both junior kindergarten and ninth grade, no more than five at any other grade level and none in neither the eighth or 12th grades.

Open Enrollment begins Feb. 4, and ends at 4 p.m. April 30. Apply online on the Department of Public Instruction website.

For further information about the Department of Public Instruction's Open Enrollment program, click here.

Interested in sending your child to a Greendale school? Here's the latest on that district's Open Enrollment availability.

KHD January 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I don't know if the school board would approve early start time. My feeling is that they will wait and get the opinion of the new super. ( at least they should) I have met some parents and teachers that would be willing to give it a try, IF it doesn't cost a dime. The feeling is that the money could be best spent on additional faculty. I agree. Open enrollment is a way to generate additional revenue. Look at Greendale, 300 open enrollment kids. Thats about 2 million dollars a year. That tells me they are hurting for money. Greenfield's school board needs to look at the bigger picture before incurring bigger expenses. Greenfield should reach out and start the dialogue with other districts. I think all invloved in our neighboring Districts, have to come to the realization that sharing might be the only way to go in the future. What if, lets say Greenfield, Greendale and whitnall all changed start times, that works for a bus company? We don't know what the bus companys concerns are regarding the price hike on start times. Sooner or later, open enrollment won't be enough.
Ann January 27, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Lisa you do realize that for the music teacher the ratio is approximately 260 to1. For the guidance counselor it is the entire school population to 1.
Lisa January 27, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Ann, I was pointing out that no amount of teachers or guidance counselors can prevent teen pregnancies or end school violence. It would be great to afford many more caring educators, but ultimately it is not the educators or class size to blame for teens making poor decisions.
GreenfieldParent January 27, 2013 at 02:26 AM
My children attend a Greenfield Elementary school with a large number of open enrollment children. Those parents are involved and caring and the children are top of their classes. I'm happy to have the children of caring parents attend school with mine, they only enhance the school in academics and more.
Lisa January 27, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I agree. They are an asset.

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