School district extends open enrollment

Published: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 - 11:44 am

The Sacramento City Unified School District has extended open enrollment for elementary school students to 5 p.m. Wednesday, giving parents added time to pursue alternate campus attendance in the aftermath of school closure decisions.

Applications for students attending seven schools facing closure will receive priority in the open enrollment process, according to school district officials.

Students who have siblings already at a school will have an advantage in open enrollment, according to school officials. Children whose parents work at a given school also will have an edge.

Previously, students in kindergarten through sixth grade faced an open enrollment deadline of today. The school district at midweek announced the deadline extension on its website, www.scusd.edu.

The school board on Feb. 21 approved seven schools for closure – Washington, Maple, Collis P. Huntington, Fruit Ridge, Joseph Bonnheim, Mark Hopkins and Clayton B. Wire. The closures are intended to ease the financial burden of declining district enrollment.

But a decision on whether to close an eighth campus – Tahoe Elementary or Mark Twain Elementary – was not made until March 7, when trustees voted to keep both in operation.

The district, which has 47,000 students, lost 10 percent of its enrollment in one decade and expects further decline.

Call The Bee's Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.

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