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School districts scales back spots for nonresident students

The West Linn-Wilsonville

School District scaled back

its original number of out-ofdistrict

students that it will

accept under House Bill 3681,

which required school

boards across the state to

make a specific decision by

March 1 about space available

for nonresidents.

Originally, the school board

approved 255 slots for nonresident

students in addition to the

nonresidents who already attend

its schools. But after hearing

what neighboring districts

were doing, it held a special session

to reduce the number to

180 slots.

The slots include: 50 for students

in kindergarten through

first grade, 50 in second through

fifth grade, 30 at the middle

schools and 50 shared between

West Linn and Wilsonville high

schools. The number at the kindergarten

through first grade

level stayed the same, while the

other three grade levels were

changed.

'We were watching what other

districts did,' deputy superintendent

Jane Stickney said.

When other area districts

opened a lower than expected

number of slots, 'our risk went

down,' Stickney said.

Lake Oswego opened 28 slots

at Lakeridge High School for

out-of-district students who will

be freshmen next year and live

just south of the district in the

Stafford Triangle or in the

northern part of West Linn.

Canby is opening only to students

who live within 10 miles

of its schools, which means

some Wilsonville students

could apply.

Oregon City will open to a

maximum of 225 students, Tigard-

Tualatin will offer 81 spots

and Sherwood will offer 85 spots

- all in specific grade levels

and at specific schools. Gladstone

opened broadly, preparing

to add up to 398 more students

to its 1,980 enrollment.

The Estacada and North

Clackamas districts will remain

closed for next year.

The WL-WV district will

maintain its earlier decision to

not accept any nonresident students

at Lowrie Primary, Trillium

Creek Primary and Arts

and Technology High School, in

the language immersion program

or in grades 10 and 11.

School districts can repeat

the process each year, selecting

a different number of slots. Outside

of that window, WL-WV

will adhere to its current policy

for accepting nonresident

transfers.Within the HB 3681

window, nonresidents have until

April 1 to apply to transfer

into the district. If there are excess

applicants, there will be a

lottery. After that, the district

will see if it can accommodate

families' preferred school choices.

If there are too many applicants

at a school, then there will

be continued lotteries until

matches are found.

All school districts must notify

the students' old districts of

the transfers by May 1.

Under HB 3681, the state will

transfer the funding to the student's

new district without needing

a release. The state spends

about $6,000 per student. Until

now, if students wanted to attend

schools in other districts, they

had to get permission from their

resident districts or pay tuition.



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