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Up to 3 percent of 833 students can change high schools next year

The District 833 School Board, on Nov. 19, approved a policy that allows up to 3 percent of high school students to change schools next year.

It will also open enrollment to students from outside the district, but preference is in place for in-district students. Preference will also be given to next year's juniors and seniors who want to transfer to Park High School to enroll in the International Baccalaureate academic program.

If more than 3 percent of students apply for transfers by the Jan. 15 deadline, a lottery drawing will be held.

There was no support for a proposal by board members Denise Kapler and Marsha Adou to add an exception allowing students who will be seniors next year to transfer back to their former schools before attendance boundaries were changed.

If too many students transfer, some classes might have to be canceled, according to Randy Zipf, superintendent for secondary education.

Other students might want exceptions, too, said board member Jim Gelbmann, for socioeconomic reasons, for example. "You would have to consider other exceptions," he said, if the policy was amended.

Requests for student transfers in elementary schools will be approved if there is existing space and no additional teachers hired, according to the policy.

The same policy also applies to middle schools with the exception of Lake Middle School, which has a closed enrollment because space is needed for future growth in Woodbury.

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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