Sherwood Schools to participate in open enrollment under HB3681

posted Mar 14, 2012, 5:17 PM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:50 AM ]

The Sherwood School District Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to participate in open enrollment under House Bill 3681 with a measured approach, opening slots at Hopkins Elementary, Sherwood Middle School and Sherwood High School.  The law requires the Board to announce a decision prior to March 1, 2012.

The new legislation opens a window between March 1 and April 1, during which students may elect to transfer from their resident district to other districts that have declared openings for the following school year.  Previously, in order for a student to transfer, permission was required by both the resident and receiving districts; with the passage of HB3681, permission is no longer required by the student’s resident district, during this window.

Another provision of the law is that current Sherwood resident students will have the first opportunity to transfer to open schools.  Students currently enrolled in Sherwood schools under a transfer agreement, as well as Charter School students, will be grandfathered into the District as permanent residents.  If the District receives more requests for transfers than open slots, a lottery will be held.  Once a student is accepted into a district under the new law, he/she has the option to remain in the new district through grade 12.

Sherwood’s School Board met in a special work session on January 10 to deliberate over this topic.  District administrators provided recommendations to the Board, following research and analysis of potential scenarios, and numerous conversations with neighboring districts. 

The Board’s decision on February 14 declared the following openings:

·         Hopkins Elementary School: 30 students between grades 1-5

·         Sherwood Middle School: 30 students between grades 6-8

·         Sherwood High School: 25 students between grades 9-12

The District also set guiding principles for its participation, which included its commitment to not actively recruit students from other districts.

For more information about open enrollment, please contact our Teaching and Learning Department.