CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Community School Corp. plans to announce available transfer-student slots at the end of August next year, a decision that may not be popular, officials said.
“Parents might not be very happy,” said Superintendent Thomas Taylor at this month's School Board meeting.
But the later date, Aug. 31, gives the district time to take a better head count and determine which local students are going to be there for the duration and which may be no-shows for the 2014-2015 school year.
The district was at almost full enrollment at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year and could accept only a few transfer students. Up to 10 were allowed only in the 12th grade. Hanover recently changed its policy to accommodate current Indiana law regarding transfers.
The state law allows students to attend school in a district where they do not live if they meet certain requirements. The 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.
Transfer student slots also are determined on a year-to-year basis. For example, a transfer student accepted for kindergarten one year is not guaranteed a spot in first grade the following year.
In 2013, enrollment is up roughly 28 students over the previous year, school officials said. Hanover’s elementary schools alone have more than 900 students enrolled for 2013-14.