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From Amherst Schools on line

One of the topics I have noticed that is discussed often within communities is Open Enrollment. Unfortunately, within these discussions there is often miscommunication and misunderstanding about its impact on a school district.

First, open enrollment does not include students who attend private schools, such as Open Door Christian, St. Joe’s, etc. Open enrollment refers to students who attend another public school district other than the one they live in.

When a student leaves a school district through Open Enrollment, the money that the state pays to educate that student goes with the student to the new district and then, theoretically speaking, there is an empty seat in Amherst where the student used to sit.

Five years ago, the Amherst School decided not to accept new open enrollment, due to increasing enrollment at that time. The students that have been coming through open enrollment since that time had already previously started in Amherst before open enrollment was closed, and, hence, those students have been allowed to stay in the Amherst Schools to continue their education.

In 2007-2008, we lost 122 students to other districts. (Remember, the state money went with them). Only 53 students came in. This disparity resulted in the Amherst Schools’ losing $340,000 in that year.

In 2008-2009, we lost 120 students to other districts, while only 54 came in. These numbers resulted in our losing approximately $350,000.

So, as you can see, it is a costly net loss, and empty chairs remain.

In light of the fact that district enrollment has declined in the past two years, the Amherst Board of Education felt that this was a logical time to reconsider Open Enrollment. At the Monday, February 23, 2009, Board Meeting, the board voted to accept open enrollment, on a space available basis, beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. Students will be accepted only if enrollment levels allow and no overcrowding exists. There would also be no guarantee of open enrollment placement from year to year.

If you are interested in open enrolling to the Amherst Exempted Village Schools, please stop by the Board Office at 185 Forest Street and pick up an application form.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Steve Sayers
Superintendent of Schools
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March 3, 2009 at 11:29 pm 1 comment

Paula’s Perspective- Lorain City Council March 2nd

paula by Paula Tobias

I try very hard to listen, think about what they’re saying, and write key points down. If I’ve missed something please let me know.

All Agendas, Packets and Minutes from meetings:

Tonight’s Agenda:

Tonight was to be the Third Reading (usually the final) of the increase in rates for sanitary and storm sewer rates. This ordinance began back in 2008, has been through a couple of readings and committee meetings.

Tonight I’ve never seen so much confusion over an ordinance. They had to make revisions as it was already too late to begin with the February billing and if they kept the percentages as is they would be short the amount they need for this year.

They changed the month, changed the percentages, went to vote and because it only passed 6-4 it didn’t qualify for the Emergency Clause, it won’t begin until April’s billing, the percentages aren’t enough to meet the goal for year end.

But it passed. Your Sanitary and Storm water rates will be increasing.

Next Monday they’ll be discussing the 2009 Budget.

Isn’t this the second version as the revenue had changed, well guess what, each week it changes. I learned this weekend that Kansas Ave Hair Salon is closing; I mentioned last week that across the street M & M mower is leaving Lorain , I’m sure there will be more.

I highly recommend everyone interested in how the City will run this year to attend.
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March 3, 2009 at 1:36 am 13 comments



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