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Controversy in Geauga County in West Geauga school district

9:02 PM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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CHESTERLAND -- A controversy has been simmering in the West Geauga School District this year because of the school's open enrollment policy.

West Geauga approved open enrollment of students who live outside of the district back in 2007, and this year the number of open enrollment students is at its highest level -- at 250.

The district says enrollment has been declining, so this was a way to bring more students in and their per pupil funding follows them from their home district.

Without open enrollment, the district says it could be faced with layoffs and high class sizes.

Opponents have been concerned that test scores could fall and even that property values could be impacted.

"We looked at test scores and open enrollment students had higher test scores than resident students," says Superintendent Geoff Palmer.

Lorinda Tagg is a parent who lives in Mayfield and her two boys attend the schools.

"It's very sad, " says Tagg. "People are pointing fingers and don't have the facts."

She says this year they have heard more negative comments in the community about open enrollment students, and that is disappointing.

There is a town hall meeting on this issue at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Room 124 of the high school.



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