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Slots may be available next year at Granby Elementary

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Granby, Colorado

Kindergarten, third and fourth grades at Granby Elementary School may have student slots available next year, causing the East Grand School District Board of Education to ponder the school’s closed enrollment policy.

The district enacted the controversial policy about three years ago. Out-migration from Grand Lake Elementary School and overcrowding in Granby classrooms prompted the decision by a previous board to prohibit students from outside the Granby zone from attending the school.

East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas informed board members last Tuesday that Granby Elementary School Principal Andrea Verosky has been receiving inquiries from parents who live outside of the zone.

Some potential Granby Elementary students are home-schooled, she said, and others live in the other school district or in another area of East Grand, but have parents who work in Granby.

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Board Member Barbara Ahrens of the Grand Lake area expressed hesitation in altering a policy that may have saved Grand Lake Elementary School from shutting its doors. Some parents living in the Grand Lake area had been enrolling children in the Granby school because Granby is where those parents worked.

At the time of the closed-enrollment decision, the board of directors had elected to grandfather-in those children already enrolled in schools outside of their areas, but Ahrens voted against that measure.

Karas recommended rethinking the enrollment policy to allow school administrators to consider applications based on ratio guidelines for schools. In such a scenario, more than one principal would make the decision to allow an out-of-area student to enroll, she said.

The enrollment discussion is planned to continue at the school district’s June 23 board meeting.

Adoption of the East Grand School District’s 2009-2010 $22.8 million budget took place unanimously on Tuesday, with a general fund reflecting a balance of $12.6 million.

The balanced budget follows tough decisions about district cuts for the next school year in Special Education para positions, coaching positions, part-time administrative and music positions, a preschool teacher, summer-school offerings and field trips.

Superintendent Karas stressed what was preserved.

“We were able to get the budget balanced and maintain classes sizes, high quality curriculum, and curriculum adoptions,” she said. “And it allowed for every teacher a 1.5 cost-of-living increase, and a 1.1 percent cost-of-living increase for classified staff members (paras, food service, custodians, bus drivers etc).”

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