CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Community School Corp. is nearly at full enrollment and can accept only 10 transfer students this year.
The School Board on Tuesday voted to allow up to 10 transfer students in the 12th grade. If more than 10 students apply for a transfer, the district could set up a lottery under state statute.
Superintendent Thomas Taylor recommended limiting the transfers to 10.
Given the rate of construction and current enrollment, “we don’t have the ability to accept transfer students right now,” Taylor said.
Under Indiana law, students may 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 are determined on a year-to-year basis.
“I don’t know that parents understand that,” Taylor said.
For example, a child accepted for kindergarten one year is not guaranteed a spot in first grade the following year.
“It really puts parents in a trick bag,” he said.
Enrollment is up about 28 students over last year. Hanover’s elementary schools have more than 900 students enrolled for 2013-14. More than 500 students are expected at the middle school, and more than 600 have enrolled at the high school.