CRESTVIEW SCHOOLS Board OKs plan to enroll pupils

The district's enrollment is limited to 100 pupils at each grade level.
COLUMBIANA -- School officials are sending out applications to parents interested in their children attending Crestview through the open-enrollment option.
The board of education approved an open-enrollment plan Wednesday. It's the first time a Crestview school board has voted to accept open enrollment pupils since the state permitted the option in 1993.
Superintendent John Dilling said the district will limit its total enrollment to 100 pupils at each grade level, and "many of the classes are about at that now."
He said most availability for open enrollment is in the elementary grades.
The district will accept applications until June 1 and notify those interested soon afterward, he said.
When to apply: Dilling said parents of pupils wishing to attend kindergarten should apply for open enrollment at soon as possible because those pupils must participate in kindergarten screening.
Crestview Elementary Principal Alphonse Cervello said the elementary staff is excited about open-enrollment possibilities.
He said the elementary school has a lot to offer its pupils, who are in kindergarten through fourth grade. There are about 75 to 85 pupils at each grade level, he said.
He said the school's best attributes are its staff commitment and community involvement. The school's reading intervention program, for example, has 110 volunteer mentors who donate at least one hour each week to help pupils improve their reading skills.
Kindergarten registration and screening will be June 2, he said. Cervello said kindergarten pupils attend Crestview daily on alternating days.
Dilling has said staff members' desire for their children to be educated in the district, coupled with the loss of Crestview pupils to other districts, prompted the school board to vote to accept pupils through open enrollment.
School boards can choose not to accept open-enrollment pupils, but they can't prevent the parents of their own pupils from using the option, he said.

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