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March 14, 2013
Sac Unified extends open enrollment for elementary schools

Worried about open enrollment for your child, either entering kindergarten or hoping to transfer to one of the district's most sought-after schools? The Bee's Loretta Kalb wants to hear your story. Call her at (916) 321-1073, email her at lkalb@sacbee.com or comment below on the blog.

By Loretta Kalb
lkalb@sacbee.com

The Sacramento City Unified School District has extended open enrollment for elementary school students to 5 p.m. Wednesday, giving parents added time to pursue alternate campus attendance in the aftermath of school closure decisions.

Applications for students attending seven schools facing closure will receive priority in the open enrollment process, according to school district officials.

However, students who have siblings already at a school will have an advantage in open enrollment, according to school officials. Children whose parents work at a given school also will have an edge.

Previously, students in Kindergarten through 6th grade faced an open enrollment deadline of Friday of this week. The school district midweek announced the deadline extension on its website, www.scusd.edu.

The school board on Feb. 21 approved seven schools for closure - Washington, Maple, Collis P. Huntington, Fruit Ridge, Joseph Bonnheim, Mark Hopkins and Clayton B. Wire. The closures are intended to ease the financial burden of declining district enrollment.

But a decision on whether to close an eighth campus - Tahoe Elementary or Mark Twain Elementary - was not made until March 7, when trustees voted to keep both in operation.

The district with 47,000 students lost 10 percent of its enrollment in one decade and projects further decline.

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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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