COLUMBIANA School district to adopt open-enrollment plan

There will be a cap on the number of pupils accepted for each grade.
COLUMBIANA -- Crestview School District plans to open its doors to pupils outside the district.
Superintendent John Dilling said the school board will vote Monday on a resolution allowing the district to participate in open enrollment beginning with the 2002-03 school year. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the high school music suite.
School districts have three open-enrollment options, Dilling said. They can choose not to accept pupils, they can accept pupils from any Ohio school district, or they can limit open enrollment to adjacent school districts.
Dilling said the board will likely opt to accept pupils from any Ohio district. Some staff members want their children to attend Crestview schools, but they do not live in adjacent districts, he added.
To develop policy: Once the board gives the approval, Dilling said, the next step will be to develop an open-enrollment policy with input from the board's policy committee.
If the board adopts the policy by its February meeting, school officials can begin the application process.
The superintendent said there will be a cap on the number of pupils accepted for each grade. Most of the openings will be in kindergarten through fourth grades, but some children will be accepted for the middle school and the high school.
Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and pupils accepted will be notified by the end of May so scheduling can occur in June, Dilling added.
Previous decision: School officials previously chose not to participate in open enrollment because they didn't want school facilities expanded in the late 1990s to fill up too quickly.
The district vacated the New Waterford Elementary and Fairfield Middle School buildings after building a new elementary school. It converted the high school to a middle school and added a high school wing and administrative offices to the former high school.

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