Sherwood Schools will not open spots in schools under HB 3681 covering open enrollment

posted Feb 26, 2013, 8:55 AM by Corey Thompson
The Sherwood School District Board of Directors voted Wednesday, February 13th to opt out of open enrollment under House Bill 3681 for Sherwood schools.  School districts must decide by March 1st of each year whether or not to open their schools to open enrollment and announce a decision prior to March 1 of each year.  For the 2013-14 school year, Sherwood students may still opt to open enroll in other districts who have opened their schools under this law between March 1st and April 1st.  

If students wish to enroll in Sherwood Schools they may follow the traditional method of requesting inter-district transfers.  That method includes an annual application that must be approved by superintendents of the sending and receiving districts.  Under this system, Sherwood approves dozens of students each year to enroll in Sherwood Schools who live outside of our district boundaries and also approves Sherwood students to enroll in other districts.

The Board met on February 13th to deliberate this topic.  District administrators provided a recommendation to the Board that Sherwood not open its schools under the open enrollment legislation after researching the impact of open enrollment during 2012-13 school year and numerous conversations with neighboring districts. 

Chief Academic Officer Gary Bennett noted, “We are still able to meet the needs of students who wish to enter Sherwood Schools and those who wish to attend elsewhere.  The traditional system has served us well for years and will allow us to maintain strong relationships with surrounding districts.”

For more information, contact Chief Academic Officer Gary Bennett, at 503-825-5010.