BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range Local School District will begin accepting open enrollment applications for the 2013-2014 school year for students in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning 8 a.m. March 4.
The open enrollment program is only open to residents from adjacent school districts which include Boardman, Canfield, Columbiana, Crestview, Leetonia, Salem, Springfield, West Branch and Western Reserve.
Procedural forms and applications may be picked up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning Feb. 25 at the South Range Local Schools Board of Education offices at 11375 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. Applications are due by 4 p.m. March 28.
The school board approved the program for the first time last month in response to declining enrollment and a shrinking budget.
According to schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham, enrollment has declined steadily over the past four or five years, going from a capacity of 100 per graduating class eight years ago to under 60 in the first grade now.
"In order to sustain (and) maintain our current level of course offerings and activities, we need to bring the (enrollment) numbers back up to where they were eight years ago," he said. "[The current enrollment] projected over eight or nine years...it'll be very difficult to offer higher level courses to so few students."
"For the district to run as efficiently as possible, we need to get back to capacity," Dunham said.
For information regarding the open enrollment procedures contact the school board office at 330-549-5226.
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