West Linn-Wilsonville School District allows students from other cities to attend its schools
Children who don't live in West Linn or Wilsonville can now attend school in the district — with some exceptions.
During the Monday, Oct. 3, meeting, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District board approved an alteration to the district policies to allow students from other cities to attend primary and middle schools in the district.
Superintendent Kathy Ludwig brought the proposal forward, saying she received emails from out-of-district families requesting transfers based on multiple circumstances. The new policy allows interdistrict transfers only for new families, meaning no children who have attended schools in the district previously are allowed to transfer again.
"We have families who call us with some fairly compelling requested reasons — they feel their children would do better where we're located or (with) the size of some of the programs or conditions that our district offers," Ludwig said.
Neighboring school districts in Clackamas County and Washington County also are open for interdistrict transfers, including new families. Ludwig said by allowing transfers in the district, they are keeping up "good neighbor" status.
"We do believe it's important to be good neighbors and to be mindful of what happens when a transfer request goes through in terms of enrollment," Ludwig said.
The intertransfer agreement outlines that a student cannot transfer to the district unless their original district releases them and gives written permission for the transfer. The district also would not be responsible for transportation to out-of-district students. Families can, however, drive their child to an existing bus stop in the district so they can be transported to their school from there.
With the alteration, out-of-city families who begin employment in the district also could enroll their children.
Ludwig said only primary and middle schools will be open for interdistrict transfers. However, Lowrie and Trillium primary schools and Rosemont Ridge Middle School will not be open to transfers for this academic year because they are at peak capacity. Every other school that is open to transfers will accept students based on availability in grade levels and the school's capacity to host another student.
Ludwig said the district does not anticipate many requests since the school year already has begun.
"But should we get some calls during the year or midyear … we would like to be able to say yes," Ludwig said.
The board approved and the agreement went into effect Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the current school year. The school board has the option to sever this agreement and make changes in the following school years.
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