C-A to continue with Schools of Choice

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth schools will continue participation in the GISD Collaborative Schools of Choice Program for the 2011-2012 school year, opting out of the State Schools of Choice Program.

A resolution approved by the Board of Education at a recent meeting followed a discussion about the number of students choosing to enter or leave the district.

Superintendent Bill Haley said Carman- Ainsworth has opted into GISD program as long as its been in place. He also said that could change if more area schools continue dropping out of the GISD program. Three years ago, all 21 school districts participated but the number is now down to 15, he said.

“If we lose one or two more, there won’t be much left to choose from,” he said.

The Schools of Choice program allows an allotment of students to attend a school outside of the district where they reside.

Carman-Ainsworth participates at all grade levels up to a limit, Haley said,

Trustee Recco Richardson said he would like to see some data on how many students choose to leave Carman-Ainsworth and how many choose to come in. He specifically asked how many choose to go to Swartz Creek Schools.

Haley said it was not a large number of students leaving.

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