Random draw selects more students for out-of-district enrollment

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By Kelly Cantrall

A few dozen new students will be able to attend the district of their choice next year.

The annual random draw for students seeking enrollment in out-of-district schools took place Wednesday afternoon with Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools officials at the HCS Central Office.

HCS had 12 students apply to attend the district next year. EIS had 125 applications for the next year, representing 178 children. Families apply as a unit, and if a family is chosen in the draw, all of the children will attend the district.

EIS officials drew 24 names from those applications. The district has 20 slots available next year because of graduating students or those who will no longer attend the district for other reasons, as well as four additional ones because of HCS enrollment growth. This will bring it to a total of 204 students attending through the draw process.

The draw was created by a 2007 contractual agreement between the districts. Under the agreement, each district was allowed to enroll an additional 25 students annually until reaching a maximum of 200. After that, the number fluctuates depending on changes in the enrollment at HCS.

EIS hit the 200 mark this school year. HCS currently has 40 students enrolled who don’t live in the district.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.