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Board OKs open enrollment resolution

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A resolution concerning how many students can transfer into the McCook School District was approved by the McCook Board of Education Monday night.

Also known as open enrollment, the option enrollment resolution outlines how many students are allowed to opt into the McCook school district from their home school district.

A total of 35 students opted out of the McCook School District in the 2011-2012 school year and 23 students opted in.

Superintendent Grant Norgaard explained that these numbers fluctuate from year to year and those opting out, do so for a number of reasons.

These reasons include parents who work in another district or prefer their children be in smaller schools.

Students opting in were 11 from Hitchcock County, 11 from Southwest Schools and one from Wauneta-Palisade.

A total of 27 students transferred to Southwest Schools and eight students to Hitchcock County.

Open enrollment was signed into law by then-Nebaska Gov. Kay Orr in 1990-91.

The number of students McCook School district will accept each year is based on a number of factors, including: the maximum capacity of each school/program; projected enrollment and available staff and facilities.

At the Senior High, program capacity is 600, projected enrollment, 475, with 125 option students allowed. Junior High, capacity is 420, projected enrollment, 310, with 110 option students allowed.

McCook Elementary, 480 capacity, 420 projected enrollment, 60 option students allowed.

Central Elementary, 240 capacity, 195 projected enrollment, 45 option students allowed.

As for special education programs, as enrollments frequently fluctuate, programs at capacity does not mean closed. Up to 39 option students are allowed, depending on the particular program requested.

No option enrollment student are allowed currently for preschool, which is at capacity with 18 students.


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