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February 12, 2009

Comments

Jo Charlton

I watched you read this on TV. I'm impressed with your sincerity and all the work you do for the school board. Thank you also for this blog. I enjoy reading it. As an Alpine parent, I have seen people get very angry over boundaries. I really have a hard time understanding the anger when we have open enrollment. I dont live in the tritowns so I dont feel comfortable commenting on this particular case, but I know the whole board works hard and are basing their decisions on 'big pictures' looking at the entire district of 24,000+.

Brad Jolly

Actually, the anger is very easy to understand, for at least three reasons: 1) Open enrollment is NOT a guarantee; every year, some schools are closed to open enrollment. 2) If you open enroll your student, you have to provide your own transportation. 3) None of the boundary shenanigans were announced before the election.

John Creighton

Point of clarification. Students living in the Mead boundary area that wish to open enroll to Frederick or Skyline High School are guaranteed acceptance. The concern expressed by some parents was their desire to continue to attend Frederick.

Students who live in the Mead attendance area who open enroll to Frederick or Skyline High School are guaranteed transportation at least until the new Frederick High School opens.

Brad Jolly

Those are valid points regarding the Frederick situation, John. I was responding to Ms. Charlton's statement that "[a]s an Alpine parent, I have seen people get very angry over boundaries. I really have a hard time understanding the anger when we have open enrollment."

In the general case, the district does NOT guarantee open enrollment or provide transportation for open enrollers. The Alpine situation, which Jo mentions, is an example of the general case.

Rod Briggs

Great Blog John

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