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Open enrollment activity in area schools declines

Open enrollment interest by students in area schools mostly decreased this year when compared to last year.

Figures reported in the past week about transfers in and out showed these were lower in four of the five school districts. Elmwood was the only school district with higher numbers and even they weren’t significantly higher.

Officials from area schools shared information on the number of applications received during the statewide application period, which began in early February and ended in late April. The applications indicate whether the applicants are considering entering their districts for the 2014-15 term or if they’re thinking about leaving them.

The figures are preliminary ones and could change by this fall. Most school boards act on the applications, which represent requests. State funding is among factors affected by the activity.

The following applications have been reported (some of the destination locations are online schools):

--Ellsworth, a total of 35 students eyeing transfers out this fall, including to St. Croix Central, Plum City, Pepin, Hudson, Baldwin-Woodville, Prescott, River Falls, Grantsburg, North Ozaukee and McFarland. This compares to 44 students having transferring out in mind a year ago.

A total of 15 students have applied to transfer in this fall, including from Prescott, Hudson, Plum City, River Falls and Spring Valley. This compares with 17 applications to enter last year at this time.

--Elmwood, a total of 20 students who foresee leaving, including to Spring Valley, Menomonie, Colfax, Baldwin-Woodville, Durand, Boyceville and St. Croix Central. This compares with 12 students who planned a year ago to leave this past fall. A total of five students have applied to enter this fall, including from Menomonie, Spring Valley and Baldwin-Woodville. This compares with three applications to enter in the fall of the present term a year ago.

For more please read the June 4 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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