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March 22, 2013
Sac City open enrollment bids soar in final days

JV_020613_SCHOOLCLOSURE 250.JPGParents hoping to choose which Sacramento City elementary school their children will attend in the fall submitted hundreds of applications in the closing days of the open enrollment period, the district reported today.

The extended deadline for open enrollment for elementary schools was 5 p.m. Wednesday. By that time, the total volume of applications had reached 1,802 - up 61 percent from the 1,122 applications filed just two years ago.

The district's open enrollment system allows students to attend schools other than their assigned neighborhood campus. The district expects to inform families of their school assignments by mid-April, according to spokesman Gabe Ross.

The district last week extended this year's open enrollment deadline to accommodate nearly 2,300 students whose existing schools are closing due to enrollment declines.

Applications for students displaced by the closures - those entering grades 1 through 6 in the fall - are to receive priority in their choices. The district did not grant that priority status to families applying to kindergarten.

Where there are more applications than openings, the district uses a lottery.

Elementary campuses closing at the end of this school year are Washington, Maple, Collis P. Huntington, Fruit Ridge, Joseph Bonnheim, Mark Hopkins and Clayton B. Wire.

PHOTO CREDIT: Nancy Yang, 10, listens to testimony in February from parents and supporters of Mark Hopkins Elementary School during a district meeting at the South Sacramento campus. Trustees later voted to close Mark Hopkins and six other elementary schools. The district extended this year's open enrollment period to accommodate families who learned only in the last month that their neighborhood schools will close this summer. Bee photo / Jose Luis Villegas

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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