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Beaver Dam school board approves open enrollment seats for 2019-20

January 15, 2019

The Beaver Dam School Board approved a plan to accept new students to the district via the open enrollment process for the 2019-20 school year.

Donna Pivonka, Beaver Dam Unified School District director of student services, said school districts have estimated the open enrollment space available since the 2016-17 school year.

“Factors that are looked at are class sizes, student-teacher ratios, needs of the students and enrollment trends,” Pivonka said.

There are spaces available in the regular education schedule for all students except for the 12th-grade class, Pivonka said.

District Superintendent Mark DiStefano said that the high school has some large classes. The sophomore class, which as five spaces available, has 285 students.

There are larger numbers of spaces in the elementary and middle school grades for students interested in entering the school district through open enrollment.

The open enrollment application period for the 2019-20 school year in Wisconsin is Feb. 4 to April 30. The recommended method of applying for open enrollment is through the online application process on the Department of Public Instruction’s website (dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment) during the open enrollment application period.

Pivonka said there is only one seat available for a special education student, and that is for a sixth-grader.

The students who are currently enrolled in the school district through open enrollment are not affected by the seats approved by the board. Those wanting to know more about open enrollment for the district can contact Registrar Michelle Falkinham at 920-885-7300, ext. 1116, or email falkinhamm@bdusd.org.

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