Open enrollment in the Brainerd School District likely will close for the remainder of this school year and next school year, unless a family already has a child in the school district - then their younger siblings will be grandfathered into the district.
The Brainerd School Board Finance Committee on Thursday agreed to recommend to the school board to close open enrollment to help balance class size and enrollment at each of the elementary schools. This recommendation followed a recommendation of $5.5 million in budget cuts, which includes the closing of two elementary schools.
Brainerd Superintendent Jerry Walseth said closing open enrollment will happen immediately if the school board approves the recommendation at its Dec. 10th meeting.
Board member Kent Montgomery asked Walseth about the families who may have their children in two school districts, such as Nisswa Elementary School and Pequot Lakes schools.
Walseth said if a family already has a child attending Brainerd schools through open enrollment, their siblings will be welcome to attend Brainerd as well.
The Pequot Lakes School District earlier this month closed its open enrollment and it also closed open enrollment to siblings.
Next fall the school board can re-evaluate its open enrollment and decide whether it can hold more students or not, Walseth said.
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