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November 15, 2018 Mid-Prairie enrollment ‘a good thing’
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Mid-Prairie school Superintendent Mark Schneider aggressively defended the district’s high level of students from other districts who attend Mid-Prairie schools.

School board member Marianne Schlabach questioned the wisdom of the large open enrollment numbers in light of a district committee studying the need for more classroom space in the district.

The discussion was precipitated by a report showing the district has 409 students from other districts attending Mid-Prairie compared with just 37 students who live in the district but attend school elsewhere.

The state allows students to attend any district in the state under its open enrollment law. The district that loses the student pays the district where the open-enrolled student attends based on a state-determined formula.

The district where a student applies for open enrollment has the opportunity to deny accepting the student.

“There are a lot of misconceptions out there,” Schneider said. “It’s a good thing; believe me.”

This year a music room was converted to a classroom at Mid-Prairie East Elementary School in Kalona because of burgeoning kindergarten and first grade class sizes.

Schneider said even without the extra students from other districts, there would be a need for more classroom space in Mid-Prairie.

He said those 409 extra students are spread out over kindergarten through 12th grade and preschool. Some attend the district’s home school program where they participate in only a handful of district classes.

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