Martin County School Board Expands Controlled Open Enrollment

In a recent emergency meeting, the Martin County School Board unanimously approved the addition of controlled open enrollment for two high schools, a decision set to impact student distribution and school capacities. The board focused on ensuring that new enrollments would be full-time equivalent students, including those engaged in dual enrollment, work study, or internships, rather than students with significant off-block schedules that could potentially distort the allocation of available seats. The enrollment form will become available to both residents and non-residents, with priority given to Martin County residents and other specific groups such as children of district employees, students in foster care, those with a court order, or children of active military members. A lottery system will be used for seat allocation.

The detailed explanation of the controlled open enrollment process highlighted that all comprehensive schools would be open for enrollment based on seat availability, which may fluctuate by school, grade level, and time of year. The availability of seats is expected to become clearer as current students complete their schedules for the next academic year, allowing the district to identify additional capacity for new students. The enrollment application period is set from the date following the meeting until March 31st. Students accepted through this process will be eligible to participate in school athletics, with the clarification that controlled open enrollment is not a method for merely joining sports teams at other schools.

Additionally, there was a request for a clear and transparent presentation of data at a future regular meeting regarding the situation with the swimming pool at Martin County High School. The aim is to ensure that the public is well-informed about the steps being taken to accommodate students and the community, the associated expenses, and the rationale behind the decisions, addressing any misunderstandings within the community.

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Michael Maine
School Board Officials:
Christia Li Roberts, Marsha B. Powers, Jennifer Russell, Amy B. Pritchett, Michael DiTerlizzi, Austin Connelly (Student Representative, Jensen Beach High School)

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