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Hillsboro sets enrollment policy

Staff writer

Hillsboro school board members voted unanimously Monday to set criteria for students who live outside district boundaries to be able to enroll.

For a nonresident student to enroll, the parents or guardians must seek enrollment for the child during the month of June.

The number of nonresident students Hillsboro will accept for each building will be published June 1, and school administrators will accept applications through June 30.

How many students will be accepted will depend on the number of available seats in each building. If too many apply, school officials will use a random lottery method.

The capacity of the school district to accept nonresident students will be determined based on student-teacher ratios in each grade, projected enrollment based on resident student population, and maximum capacity of the classroom and associated learning, activity, and common area spaces.

Certain nonresident students will receive enrollment priority.

Those receiving priority will include siblings of other nonresident students, military students, children in custody of the Department for Children and Families who live in the same home as another nonresident student, students whose parents are employed by the school, students who live outside the state but attended the school during the 2023-’24 school year, and children who are homeless.

The district is not required to provide transportation to school because the child lives outside the district boundaries.

Parents won’t be required to submit a new enrollment application each school year, but a student may be denied continued enrollment if not in good standing.

If school officials decide not to allow a nonresident student to enroll for the following school year, parents will be notified by May 1.

In other business Monday, school board members approved a 2023 fiscal year audit, approved a funding agreement with Tabor College for athletic facilities, moved their December meeting to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 to avoid a conflict with a middle school concert, issued a contract to David Schaefer to serve as high school assistant wrestling coach, and adjusted hours for custodians Megan Daniels and Charles Page.

Last modified Nov. 16, 2023