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School of choice forms are due today

Ben Bulkeley

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School of choice forms are due by the end of the school day today in the Moffat County School District.

Forms can be picked up and dropped off at any elementary school or the District Administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave.

To view the attendance area map, log on to http://www.moffatsd.org

With large numbers of students switching schools next year, the Moffat County School District has implemented a lottery to determine school of choice.

School of choice applications are due today. The lottery will be at 4 p.m. Monday in the boardroom at the District Administrative Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Because the School District’s redistricting plan moved area boundaries, there will be more applications than before, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.

“Every parent at this stage needs to be aware of where their child will attend school next year,” he said. “And if parents want their children to attend a different school, they need to submit their applications.”

Because the School District does not know how many students will be enrolled until mid-August, school of choice decisions will not be made until the final figures are known.

“And then, it’s only if there’s enough room in the school,” Bergmann said.

As of Thursday, there were 61 applications.

Bergmann said there were between 10 and 20 applications for each school.

With the restructuring of Craig Middle School and the addition of a yet-to-be-named elementary school, the School District moved the boundary lines.

Because many parents will look to keep their children in their original school, there are expected to be more applications for school of choice, Bergmann said.

“The lottery is new for this year,” he said. “Before, school of choice had been taken on a first come, first serve basis.

“The School Board felt this is the fairest way to assign school of choice.”

The lottery will be divided in to schools, grades and priorities. There are four different priority levels, and the lottery will determine the order on the waiting list.

The first priority is for students who lived in a school attendance area before the redistricting.

The second priority level is for students who had lived in the attendance area but no longer do.

The third priority level is for students who have used school of choice before.

The fourth priority level is for students new to the School District.

Families applying two or more students need to have an individual application for each child.

Forms can be picked up and dropped off at any school in the district.

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com


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