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Barrington School District to consider accepting school choice students

The Barrington School District Board of Education supported a request by Superintendent Anthony Arcodia to apply to the state for acceptance in the state’s school choice program during the regular board meeting this week.

Avon School The application would allow the district to accept students — and related funds — into specific grades that have smaller class sizes to better use district resources, Arcodia explained.

Arcodia assured the board the district has the right to choose precisely how many students it wants to accept and to change that number on an annual basis depending on local enrollment to ensure there would not be any need to increase the number of sections in a given grade level.

Board member D. Wayne Alexander voiced his discomfort with the idea of a student joining the district for one year then finding out there was not enough space in a subsequent year, leaving him or her to move to another district.

The board will discuss the details of the program and how it might work at an upcoming meeting. The deadline to apply for the program is the end of this month, Arcodia said, and the application may be withdrawn if the board opposes the opportunity.

Students of the Month. Photo courtesy facebook.com/pages/The-Retrospect and theretrospect.com.

Students of the Month. Photo courtesy facebook.com/pages/The-Retrospect and theretrospect.com.

In other business:

  • The board heard complaints from two parents regarding treatment of their children by a bus aide and bus driver from the Holcomb Bus Service. Arcodia assured the parents he had been in touch with the company regarding the issue and promised to call them by the day after the meeting. The board asked about other options, including having a district-employed aide ride on the bus to ensure the students’ safety.
  • Woodland School Principal David Zucker recognized the school’s students of the month: Jagger Krause, Trey Goins, Alexander DiPatri, Alexis Carr, Vincent Paradise, Christian Scott, Shannon Slater, Alyson Cathcart and Madison Taylor
  • The board OK’d the 2013-2014  Barrington school calendar.

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The author of the Barrington Bulletin, Mark Correa, is also a member of the Barrington School District Board of Education as of Jan. 6, 2013. Please be aware that I do not speak for the board in any way. The thoughts, views and opinions contained within the posts on this site are mine and mine alone. And the comments after any given posts are the thoughts, views and opinions of the author of the comment.

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