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New board overturns open enrollment

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With the swearing in of three new members, the Argyle school board rescinded a new Limited Open Enrollment program at their meeting on Monday; just a week after the program was put into place.

Board members voted 4-3 to reverse an earlier decision after news that the AISD would receive a one-time $295,711 federal grant to retain staffing levels, according to Superintendent Telena Wright.

The LOE program was to be instituted in order to increase student enrollment, which in turn would increase the district’s funding it receives from the state, Wright said.

The district was planning to accept 50 students from outside the area at no charge for tuition, with no more than 10 in any one grade.

Wright said that the district had received nearly 90 applications in just a week’s time, with most of the requests coming from the Denton and Lewisville ISD areas, including Lantana and the Denton ISD section of Country Lakes in Argyle.

Since the school funding issue is likely not going away anytime soon, it is expected that the LOE program for the 2012-13 school year will be on the board’s agenda for discussion at a future date.

The newly elected board members are: Kevin Faciane, James Haltom and Peggie Hart Miller.

The Argyle ISD operates an elementary school, intermediate school, middle school and a high school and is rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency.

 

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