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August 19, 2013

Districts work to attract students across their drawn lines

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John Reed, assistant superintendent for West Clark Community Schools, said their initial enrollment counts are looking good for them. With 4,454 students this year and growth of 65 students, he said about 380 of those transferred into the district.

They didn’t have to do anything to get them into the district.

“I think that we are an attractive area in that it’s a safe environment here, our schools are good schools, there’s easy access to larger cities,” Reed said. “But yet, we’re still kind of a rural setting. You don’t have to go far to find some country land here. I think those are some things that have attracted people.”

Though other districts have looked at a number of ways to get more students into their doors, Reed said the Silver Creek schools in particular get a lot of growth from year to year.

While other districts may have different programs, he said the idea of competing for students doesn’t bother him. But families with more means may be able to drive their student to a school with a different band or sports program, whereas a poor family may not.

Though the districts in Clark and Floyd counties don’t charge additional tuition on students so long as they come in before the enrollment count, he said families still incur more costs by moving their student to another district than they would if they stayed within their school corporation’s boundaries.

“If you’ve got a kid that plays a trumpet and does it well, you may be prone to get that kid into another district,” Reed said. “Again, it depends on where you want to send your kids. But you’re not going to have a school bus come and get your kid. Wear and tear on vehicle and gas, 180 days, that gets expensive.”

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