School Board Votes to Limit Open Enrollment to Help Address School Building Capacity Issues

LAS Horizontal LogoOn Feb. 11, the Lakeville Area Schools Board of Education approved a resolution to limit Open Enrollment within established parameters for the 2020-21 school year to help address the growing district-wide school building capacity issues. 

Per Minnesota Statute, a School Board may limit, by resolution, nonresident enrollment in its schools or programs if open enrollment exceeds 1 percent of the total enrollment at each grade level in the district. Currently, across Lakeville Area Schools, the current percentage of open enrolled students exceeds the 1 percent rule by grade level, ranging anywhere from 4 percent to 9.5 percent.

Open Enrollment will be limited as follows for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Kindergarten will be capped at 4% of the grade level
  • Grades 1-8 will be capped at 5% of the grade level
  • Grades 9-12 will be capped at 8% of the grade level

*These parameters do not apply to LinK12-Lakeville, the District’s online K-12 school.

“This is a difficult situation because our very healthy open enrollment across the district indicates our greater community values a Lakeville Area Schools education,” said Renae Ouillette, Executive Director of Student Services and Special Education. “But, as our community here in Lakeville continues to experience rapid growth, enrollment projections indicate concern for available classroom space for our current and incoming students.”

Per state statute, the district will continue to give priority to enrolling siblings of currently enrolled students, students whose applications are related to an approved integration and achievement plan, and children of the school district’s staff. Children who are open-enrolled into the district’s early-childhood special education programs will also be given priority.

Families who have applied for Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will be notified of acceptance or denial by email by Feb. 15. School building placement will be communicated by email on or before May 15. For more information on open enrollment, please visit: https://isd194.org/enroll/open-enrollment/

The School Board is continuing long-range school building planning discussions as the district faces growing and projected building capacity issues.

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