CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Community School Corp. has little room to accommodate transfer students.
That information surfaced when the School Board recently discussed student transfers and the district's ability to accommodate them.
Under Indiana law, students are allowed to attend school in a district where they do not live if they meet certain requirements. These requirements include the parents’ willingness to pay transfer tuition to the new district, and evidence that the child would be better accommodated in a new district.
Hanover schools are filled to capacity in some instances, and others have limited space for transfer students, Superintendent Thomas Taylor told the board.
Jane Ball and Lincoln elementary schools have no room currently for any transfer students, he said. The middle school can accommodate 18 transfer students, and the high school has room for 15.
At the middle school, there would be room for five sixth-grade transfers, six seventh-graders and seven eighth-graders.
The ninth and 10th grades are full, but 10 transfers in the 11th grade could be accepted, and up to five 12th graders.
Accepting transfer students above and beyond those levels would lead to severe overcrowding in the classrooms, Taylor said.
There are ways of dealing with an overabundance of applicants for a given grade.
If Hanover received 15 transfer applications for the five available sixth-grade spots, the district could set up a lottery. The top five applicants in the lottery would then be eligible to take those spots.
Taylor’s information was for discussion purposes only. Board members indicated that the issue will be discussed further at a future board meeting.