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Trenton Board of Education Passes Schools of Choice

Trenton Board of Education members voted in favor of limited open enrollment Monday night.

members voted 6-1 in favor of making Trenton Public Schools a limited open enrollment district Monday night at a regularly scheduled board of education meeting.

Board members approved allowing up to 60 students into the district at various grade levels.

For the 2012-13 school year the district will be open to 20 kindergartners, 10 first graders and 30 ninth graders living outside Trenton.

Board members Carol Oakley and Dennis Bearden said they were formerly against Schools of Choice, but felt a lack of funding to the district helped them make the decision to vote in favor of the recommendation.

Wayne Sieloff was the only board member to vote against Schools of Choice.

The decision to keep limited open enrollment can be revisited each semester and potentially voted upon again. A board member must request a meeting to discuss open enrollment to have a formal vote.

If the district fills all 60 openings, it could bring in about $310,000 in additional revenue, even after providing the appropriate staffing for increased student enrollment.

A are the primary reasons for limited open enrollment according to interim Superintendent Larry Leapley.

Check back with Trenton Patch throughout the week for more information on this story.

*In a previous version of this article Wayne Sieloff's name was incorrect.

Annie Ominous April 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM
"no business experience' and "crime rates", not "price rates"
Trenton Resident with kids April 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Live in the city, pay the taxes, and attend the schools. Pretty simple. One reason Trenton is attractive is the reputation of a good school system. With SOC there is no incentive to buy a house in Trenton. There are vacant homes in my neighborhood and recently some are selling with young families moving in. With SOC these homes will sit longer. The housing crisis will eventually improve but it will improve in Trenton faster WITH OUT SOC. The comments about race, diversity, and Trenton people being snobs has nothing to do with what is right or wrong about SOC. Let's make the dialog meaningful.
Jjjjjdd April 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
This is about saving teachers jobs in trenton. I wonder how the teachers feel in the surroundijng communities that will have less students in there classrooms! Spreading the problem around (poor funding) affects both sidesof the equation. Trenton real estate will be affected by this decision!
Les August 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Sounds like an angry Democrat ---- I guess your union bosses have a direct pipeline into your ear!
Trenton Family October 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I too have seen the affects of "School of choice" in a neighboring city and it has become a terrible place to go to school. The tensions amoung the students who differ in race and culture do not get along at all with the "incoming" out of city students taking many of the "sports" positions previously held by students who are from the city but not would choose not to play as they are sitting on benches etc. I think that we pay very high taxes to have not had this happen and feel "betrayed" in a way paying these taxes for other students to come here and disrespect our school and city with their attitudes and lack of knowledge. This is the opportunity many people were looking for to invade this city and school and make a sort of "mockery" of it....this is definately not going to work and I feel very sorry for the kids that will have to suffer the consequences for this action. I am praying that no one will get hurt in these schools because of the new "students" that will be trying to take over! Terrible, terrible move!!!!!

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