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Chippewa Falls school district students again lost to open enrollment

Numbers a little more favorable for 2017-18 than in past years 

posted May 18, 2017 11:17 p.m. | updated May 18, 2017 11:17 p.m. (CDT)
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by / Chris Vetter. bio | email

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls school district continues to lose more students from open enrollment than it gains. The numbers are more equal this year than in recent years, however.

A report presented to the school board Thursday night showed 90 students applied to be open-enrolled out of the district for the 2017-18 school year, while 76 students from outside the district opted in.

Of the 90 who chose to leave, 20 are planning to attend virtual schools. Of the others, 41 headed to Eau Claire, seven to Bloomer, and five each to Fall Creek and Cadott, with other districts gaining three or fewer students.

Students opting into Chippewa Falls include 33 from Eau Claire, 18 from Cadott and 11 from Bloomer. One applicant, a senior, was denied.

Business manager Chad Trowbridge noted that the split was more even this year.

“Open enrollment-in are up a little bit,” Trowbridge said. “It’s what we hoped for.”

Trowbridge said each student represents about $6,450 in the budget.

The district attempts to retain students by offering a variety of programs and opportunities, he said.

“It’s part of our strategic plan,” he said.

The district routinely loses student to open enrollment. In the current school year, 104 students applied to leave the district, but only 61 actually opted out. However, the district gained only 19 students that opted to enter the district.

In the 2015-16 school year, 45 opted out, but only 30 opted in. In 2014-15, 88 opted out, with 45 opting in.

This was the final time the board will meet on Thursday nights. The board traditionally has met on the third Thursday of each month, but it decided recently to switch to the third Tuesday of each month. That takes effect June 20.

Contact: 715-723-0303, chris.vetter@ecpc.com