(Posted Nov. 16, 2017)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
For the first time in years, more students open enrolled into the London City School District than out of it.
At the Nov. 7 school board meeting, district treasurer Trevor Gummere reported that 123 students who live in other school districts opted to enroll at London this school year, while 110 students who live in London opted to enroll elsewhere.
Four years ago, the numbers were very different: 60 students chose open enrollment into London City Schools, while 167 students from London chose to go to other districts.
“The district has been changing that trend for several years, and it’s nice to see it flip to the positive,” said Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer.
Kramer said efforts to broaden opportunities for students have helped London to retain and attract students. Examples include offering more courses for college credit at the high school, offering more courses for high school credit at the middle school, instituting a flexible learning option (London Unlimited), and upgrading facilities, such as installing artificial turf on the football field.
Marvin Homan, a school board member for six years, said the positive numbers are an indication that teachers, the board, and the administration are on the same page, working toward the same goals.
“That’s a huge number and huge grade card for London City Schools,” Homan said.
The increased open enrollment brings with it a financial benefit to the tune of an additional $150,000 in state foundation money this year, Gummere added.
Overall, London City Schools’ student population this year is 2,183, up from 2,144 last year.
The school board’s next meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Room 311 at London High School.