Bristol taking fewer open enrollment students this year

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Bristol School will be accepting a smaller group of open enrollment students this year than in recent years.

Tuesday night, the School Board approved accepting 21 students. In recent years, the district has often accepted double that number, said district administrator Gale Ryczek said.

The reason for the lower amount is the building is nearing its optimal capacity, Ryczek said.

“The message is going to be getting out that getting into Bristol is going to be more difficult,” Ryczek said.

The district had 69 students apply for open enrollment admission to Bristol. That number also is down, Ryczek said. Last year the district received over 100 applications.

Open enrollment allows public school students who reside in one district to attend school tuition free in another district, if accepted. School districts often try to encourage incoming open enrollment to increase per student state aid.

Bristol will pick which specific students are offered slots by a lottery. The remaining students then will put on a waiting list.

The district has to notify the selected students by April and they then have until July to notify the school if they will attend.

If openings develop, student can be offered slots from the waiting list.


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