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School board votes to expand open enrollment

Board decision is unanimous to open more slots


The Lake Oswego School Board voted to significantly expand Lake Oswego School District open enrollment boundaries for the 2013-14 school year at a special meeting Wednesday evening.

After considering recommendations made by Superintendent Bill Korach for 2013-14, the board voted to open enrollment at Lakeridge High School to 50 incoming ninth-grade students from the West Linn-Wilsonville and Sherwood school districts, the Tigard-Tualatin School District south of Highway 217 and the area of Portland Public Schools that includes city of Lake Oswego property tax boundaries for Stephenson Elementary School and a portion of the boundaries for Capitol Hill Elementary School. Open enrollment will also be extended to 25 incoming 10th-grade students from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District and the area within the city of Lake Oswego property tax boundaries not part of the LOSD.

At Lakeridge Junior High School, meanwhile, the board opted to open enrollment to a total of 75 incoming students in grades six to eight from the same geographic areas as those for Lakeridge High School ninth-graders.

“We’re actually extending ourselves far more than we did last year, as you know,” Korach said of the new boundaries.

Under House Bill 3681, Oregon’s open enrollment law that went into effect last year, a school district may choose to accept transfer students without first receiving approval from the student’s home district after annually determining the number of open enrollment slots that will be available for the following school year. Students accepted via open enrollment are then considered resident students and the district receives the state funding allocated to each student.

Last year, the school board voted to:

• Open enrollment slots for all current students in grades K-11 who were enrolled in any LOSD school via interdistrict transfer or tuition as of March 1, 2012.

• Offer 20 open enrollment slots at the high school level for students in grades nine through 12 who were residents of the city of Lake Oswego but not residents of LOSD, giving priority to applying students with high-school-age siblings already enrolled in LOSD schools or with a sibling already accepted for open enrollment via lottery.

• Limit open enrollment to a portion of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District

• Maintain the district’s existing high school interdistrict transfer agreement with the Riverdale School District, generally one for one.

• Continue to consider students for enrollment through existing interdistrict transfer and tuition application practices.

This policy brought in a total of four students for the 2012-13 school year.

As with the 2012-13 school year, in 2013-14 the district will offer open enrollment slots to current students who are enrolled in any LOSD school via interdistrict transfer or tuition as of March 1. Currently enrolled LOSD residents who are seeking an interdistrict transfer to remain in LOSD schools due to relocation will be offered open enrollment slots if their interdistrict transfer is granted before April 1. If a lottery is needed for open enrollment at LJHS or LHS, priority will be given to children of district employees and to applying students with high-school-age siblings already enrolled in LOSD schools, or with siblings accepted for open enrollment via lottery.

These guidelines were approved unanimously.

“We all agree; we’re all happy,” said board Chairman John Wendland.

LOSD will offer half-price tuition to K-12 students within the city of Lake Oswego property tax boundaries who are not LOSD residents, permitting these students to apply to attend schools where space is available, and continue the current practice of accepting out-of-district tuition students where space is available as well.



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