The Plymouth School Board unanimously supported recommendations from Superintendent, Daniel Tyree, concerning setting maximum limits to the number of out of district transfer students they would accept for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents can apply for enrollment of their children and acceptance is based on a number of criteria, including openings in each grade level.
The board action was taken at their February 7th meeting. The State of Indiana provides funding by reimbursing school corporations on a per student enrolled basis.
Tyree said, “Basically, from kindergarten to eighth grade, we would set the capacity of 325 students per grade level, and our goal is to be under 25 students in each class.” He added, “Then at the high school, it would really be unlimited. We’ve got plenty of room, and we’ve got plenty of teachers, that we can handle that.”
Parents/guardians will be allowed to apply for transferring up to the last day of the school year on May 30.
According to Tyree, students transfer out of district for a variety of reasons, but the main factor is convenience. He gave an example saying, “It’s generally that they already go here and they’re moving to Union-North and they want to stay here or they got a job in Plymouth; they’ll be driving from Walkerton to Plymouth and it’s easier on the family if their students can go to school here.”
Tyree said the Plymouth Corporation does do some advertising during the summer months to attract new students. He pointed to accepting transfers as a way the corporation can in erase state funding.
Carol Anders Correspondent