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Fairfield schools superintendent says open enrollment will allow district to generate more income

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CINCINNATI - Fairfield City Schools Board of Education will vote Thursday night on a plan to allow open enrollment in the district.

Superintendent Paul Otten says the district is looking for ways to generate additional income.

Voters approved a 6.9 mill levy in November which Otten says will generate an additional $9.2 million annually for the district.

However, Otten says as the state trims more from its budget, the district needs to be creative in searching for ways to make up the difference.

If a student transfers from another district to Fairfield schools, Otten says the district would receive about $5,700 from the state for that student.

Otten says the district has come up with an outline for the open enrollment process.

For example, if the district has a surplus of incoming freshmen, then it's likely not as many freshman students applying outside the district would be accepted.

Fairfield City Schools has received an Effective rating from the State of Ohio.

Otten says the district has received several calls and emails from parents inquiring about the open enrollment.
He says about 78 percent of school districts throughout the state accept open enrollment applications.

If board members pass the motion for the 2012-2013 school year, it will be the first time Fairfield City Schools will allow open enrollment. The district also has the option to reverse the policy.

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