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Transfers allowed under 833 proposed policy

Students who are now 10th and 11th-graders at East Ridge and Woodbury high schools would be allowed to transfer to Park High School next year to enroll in the International Baccalaureate academic program if a new school transfer policy is approved at the Nov. 19 school board meeting.

This year, no high school transfers were allowed because of new attendance boundaries.

If a student transferring to Park plays on a varsity athletic team, he or she is not automatically eligible to play, but can apply for an exception from the Minnesota State High School League to participate in a "unique" academic program, according to district Superintendent Mark Porter.

Park High School students who want to take technology classes through Project Lead the Way at East Ridge High School can do so and still attend their home schools.

Rick Spicuzza, assistant superintendent of curriculum and assessment, said Woodbury High School is planning to have a Project Lead the Way teacher next year.

Students at all three high schools can apply to transfer to another district high school. If more than 3 percent of any school's students apply, a random drawing will be held.

Limiting transfers allows the district to use space efficiently without hiring additional teachers, according to the policy.

Enrollment is closed to students living outside the district this year but will open next year with preference to students living in the district.

School enrollment, with the exception of Lake Middle School, can expand by 3 percent, Porter said, without hiring more teachers.

Lake is closed to more students because space is needed to accommodate growth in that area of Woodbury, according to Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for operations.

Students living outside the district, but already enrolled, can stay in the schools they now attend. However, they can't automatically progress to a middle or high school with their classmates. They will have to apply and be assigned to a school, according to the policy.

Elementary school enrollment can be expanded by 3 percent without hiring additional teachers, according to Dave Bernhardson, assistant superintendent.

Students can apply for voluntary transfer to another school if there is room. If the number of applications exceeds the number of available spots, a random drawing will be held.

If an elementary school student is currently attending a school other than his or her assigned school, a sibling entering kindergarten next year can also attend the same school, Bernhardson said.

The deadline for middle and high schools is Jan. 15.

The deadline for elementary transfers is April 9.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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