Poll: Do You Agree With the Decision for Limited Open Enrollment at Trenton Public Schools?

Trenton Patch wants to know your opinion on a decision that sparked an inferno of conversation and debate.

Like it or not, are now schools of choice.

Trenton Board of Education members for kindergarten and first and ninth grades.

The decision came down after a history of to the district. Over the last five years, enrollment has reduced by almost 350 students, resulting in a loss of over $3 million according to interim Superintendent Larry Leapley.

Under limited open enrollment, district officials reserve the right to deny enrollment to students not living in Trenton, who have been suspended in the last two years.

Since Monday's decision, a number of theories and opinions have been passed back and forth by .

Trenton Patch wants to find out where readers stand on what's turning into one of the hottest topics of the year.

Please vote in the above poll and offer some insight into the reason or reasons for your vote in the comment section below.

Tell us what brought you to your decision and what questions or concerns you have with limited open enrollment at Trenton Public Schools.

Ian April 17, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I wonder how the teachers feel about this.
Nate Stemen (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Tell us what brought you to your decision and what questions or concerns you have with limited open enrollment at Trenton Public Schools.
Gail McIntosh April 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I don't think that its such a bad idea at the High School level when you consider the income that it would generate and the diversity that could result but please leave our our Elementary Schools alone since they are already incredibly overcrowded.
Thonya Huddleston April 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
My comment was too long to post here. But I did post it on the Trenton Patch facebook page.
Trenton Resident with kids April 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Diversity is not the issue here it's about being vested in your community.
Bob Baker April 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I never thought that bringing Larry back it would screw us. I hope the board is happy. Trenton Schools are just like every other district. Are we going to reopen Taylor? We can't handle the elementary numbers we have now. Don't you just love politics? I'm very disappointed.
Nate Stemen (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Feel free to copy and paste from Facebook to the comment section. Let's keep the conversation going, Thonya.
Home Owner, Tax Payer April 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I agree being vested in your community is very important. I think we are just asking for trouble. These new students and parents won't care about being from Trenton. With all the outsourcing that is going to happen the district should save enough money to cover the teachers salaries with out bringing in non residents.
Thonya Huddleston April 18, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I read that Taylor Elementary has already been sold to a church.
T. W. Jr. April 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
If parents are willing to drive their children to another city everyday, twice a day, they are obviously very proactive and vested in their children's education. I only wish our school board had the foresight to do this a few years ago prior to closing Taylor. Seems our district is more reactive then proactive. Any chance we could see smart boards in our classrooms eventually as Grosse Ile and Gibraltar districts have?
Ron April 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
This irresponsible board is so wrong thinking that this move is going to solve their budget problems. I've said it before, this is a bandaid solution to a much bigger problem . Without correcting and adjusting the budget the problem will continue and this board thinks the answer is to simple open enrollment. They need to get a clue. Recall everyone one if them that acted without the best interest of this district, community and taxpayers!
Gabrielle LaCombe April 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The thing that has always been so wonderful about Trenton school district is that the children are all from the same community. I feel that having open enrollment can cause more problems for certain students. Yes, there may not be many children in the city enrolled as there used to be now. Yet, there is a baby boom occuring right now, I see it everyday, and soon enough there will be plenty of children to attend the city schools. Lets not forget when the school was open to three cities. Teachers didn't have class rooms and there were many problems with organization.
Ron April 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Next school board meeting is Monday, April 30th @ 6:30 P.M. Can't wait to hear their excuses!
Thonya Huddleston April 18, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Are they or aren't they going to let siblings in? A friend of mine may have to move out of the city this summer but wants her children to stay in Trenton Public Schools for at least one year. She has a Kindergartner that will qualify for a 1st grade spot but also has a 3rd grader. When she called yesterday they told her there was a sibling clause and to come in and fill out some paperwork. When she did someone told her there is no list for 3rd grade but she should check back because they will vote again in the Fall to add more students.Hmm...I know it's early but the people at the Board of Education office need to get on the same page.
sine-of-the-times April 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Anna April 18, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Thonya, the sibling clause usually only applies after a school of choice student has been in the district for a year. Otherwise limited SOC to certain grades could not be enforced as planned originally.
Anna April 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Thonya, the usually the sibling clause does apply until after the school of choice student has been in the district for a year. Otherwise, limited SOC would not be enforced. Once the family is part of the school community, then other siblings may be considered if there is space available.
cathy bockel April 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM
School of choice is bad for schools, communities and families... sad.
Ron April 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Sure, why not add more? This just confirms my comments about opening up enrollment. We need to start the recall before they make any more ridiculous decisions
trenton resident 1116 April 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM
smart boards? thats all your worried about? thats the dumbest thing i've ever heard. maybe we could sell our souls and get new desks and flat screens. be proactive and move before the property value on your house drops any more.
trenton resident 1116 April 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Ron I couldn't agree more. Larry Leeply should know better than anyone 30 or 30+ in a classroom isn't acceptable for teachers or students. the school board needs to be put on waivers. adios
trenton resident 1116 April 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I heard a stat that there are 30 students out of district because their parents are teachers in the district? what do they pay? or is this a fringe benefit for the teachers placed on the tab of the Trenton tax payers? I wish our school board had the common sense to think outside the box rather than take the money and run after the citizens said we don't want this. Recall these clowns who obviously aren't representing the citizens of Trenton and our wishes. This is a little off topic but does anyone know if any of these school board reps stand on SOC before the last election? I'm willing to bet plenty of them said they were against it to get your vote.
Thonya Huddleston April 20, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Part of latest Article from Trenton Patch..."Budget Projections Show Possible Continued Need for Schools of Choice in Trenton" "Leapley projects continued losses in enrollment and state funding from now until the 2014-15 school year. He anticipates an additional loss of 60 students equivalent to about $460,000 for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. This is a projected total loss of about $900,000." "Switching over to schools of choice now qualifies the district to gain an additional $75 per out-of-district student. When added to per pupil funding, 60 new students to the district could mean about $300,000 in additional revenue for the district." This is just the beginning....With more than half of the residents opposing SOC I guess he should be "projecting" an even greater loss. Which leaves me to project the Board will be "forced" to approve getting rid of that word "limited" within the next couple years.
Trenton Resident and Teacher April 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The way the Governor's attached part of our funding to this made it almost impossible for the BOE not to say YES to SOC. It was either that or almost 1/4 million dollars walked out the door taking with it bussing, athletics and leaving us with even larger class sizes after staff cuts. Personally, I think they should have gone to SOC when we still had 3/4 elementary buildings so we could have maintain the wonderful small K-2 class sizes we had in the late 90's, early 2000's - not more than 18 kids in a class! I do agree though with those who are upset about the overcrowding at the elementaries. If SOC there turns out to mean that we have to have Art/Music on a cart - that would be a great disservice to the community.
Home Owner, Tax Payer April 22, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Really with our test scores lower than Woodhaven and Riverview who do they think is going to come to Trenton. I don't think we will get that many students.
Ian April 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM
We already have SMART boards at THS. They are in a limited number of classes, but it takes time for teachers to incorporate them into their lesson plans and teaching techniques. We also have very expensive video projectors in all classrooms that connect directly to the teachers' laptops.
Ian April 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
You know what's better than overcrowding of a single class? When you have three different classes in the same room being taught by the same teacher. At THS, there is only one German teacher, Frau Nichols, and she had to teach German II, German III, and German IV at the same time most of the year. It was a very interesting experience. However, the overall size of the class was still 30 or less students. The main purpose of the consolidation was the limited number of students interested in German. Most students opt for Spanish lessons.


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