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Tipton County School open enrollment deemed successful

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A first-time lottery drawing for open enrollment was held Monday at Brighton High School. 

The lottery was a result of two schools, Brighton Elementary and Brighton Middle exceeding capacity due to open enrollment. 

The open enrollment policy, which passed this spring, gave parents the opportunity to transfer students from their zoned school to other schools in the system beginning this fall.

Director of Operations for Tipton County Schools, Charlotte Fisher, and her committee were tasked with creating a seamless enrollment process, ensuring that the transition was smooth for all schools, parents, students and administration.

The operations committee reviewed other district guidelines to develop an implementation plan for open enrollment, including the systems of Shelby County, Metro Nashville, Jackson Madison and Wilson County/Knox County.  

“The biggest obstacle that students who want to transfer will face is if there is adequate space available. There is not much room for movement,” said Dr. Fisher.

According to the Board of Education, capacity is defined as “numbers of students, diversity of student population, general program offerings and space allocations.” And priority preference for transferring include, “employee; siblings of students currently in a transfer situation; special programs offered in one school and not available in another; and all other students.”

In addition to Brighton Elementary and Brighton Middle, Austin Peay Elementary, Covington Integrated Arts Academy, Drummonds Elementary, Crestview Middle, Covington High, Brighton High and Munford High were eligible for open enrollment. 

The district received 97 open enrollment applications and more than 30 people attended the lottery

After the lottery, parents were informed via telephone and e-mail on their child’s selection or non-selection. 

“The open enrollment process was successful due to effective planning on the front end,” said Fisher.  “We tried to answer all questions before they were asked. The open enrollment process is now complete for the 2014-15 school year with few concerns because we followed policy. Our attempt was to inform the community about the process and to make the choice available to parents.”

July 22 is new student registration day at all Tipton County schools. 

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