Reporting Jason Allen
SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) - Carroll ISD became the latest district to open its doors to more students, passing an open enrollment policy that will allow any Southlake resident to apply to attend schools in the district.
As many as 400 students now attending schools primarily in the Keller and Northwest ISD’s could be eligible to make the move.
The CISD board voted 6-0 to make the change Monday night. Students will be accepted based on available space, and will have to reapply each year. Some parents had pushed for the acceptance to be permanent. The board did give students who are accepted, some priority over new students applying for the move each year.
The district has had requests for years from families who have moved to Southlake, only to discover they were located within the boundary of another school district. In a district with strong school traditions, some families said it had them feeling excluded from the city.
“You can’t say Southlake without Dragon coming out right after that, unless you happen to be in my neighborhood and the red headed children of Southlake,” Kory Booher told the board at the meeting Monday night. “And we don’t get to be Dragons.”
It’s unknown though just how many students will take advantage of the new policy. Julie Klein who lives in a Southlake neighborhood within the Keller ISD, said her four kids have had a great experience and have no plans to move.
“My kids are vested now in where they’re at,” she said. “Their friends are here. My network’s here. Their network’s here and if there’s really not a lot of difference academically, it doesn’t make sense for us to move.”
CISD will not get tax money from students who make the move but will get state funding dollars. It can add up. Coppell ISD which started a similar program two years ago, stands to bring in more than a million dollars this year from students who have moved in from other districts.
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