Schools of choice

Area schools say they are seeing a slight increase in parents enrolling their children through the Schools of Choice program.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 8, 2012


Grand Haven resident Erica Sitzer said that choice allows her children to attend a different school within the same school district. Although her family lives in the Ferry Elementary School district, she wants her children to attend Peach Plains Elementary School because she prefers the academics and technology offered there.

Sitzer said she was worried when she enrolled her first child in the program, but was relieved when they were accepted.

“We just have to make sure we provide transportation, because they don’t do busing for our house,” she said.

Parents enrolling their children into the Schools of Choice program must fill out an application by a deadline, which varies for each school district.

During the 2011-12 school year, about 485 students were enrolled through the Schools of Choice program in Spring Lake Public Schools. Grand Haven Area Public Schools had about 264 students enrolled through the program during the last school year.

Students are accepted through the program if there’s availability in the grade, and if they don’t have a history of suspensions or truancies, Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Where is your story about student count day last Wednesday? The Chronicle ran the story last Thursday - Grand Haven up 142 Students - Spring Lake down 5 students

Cheryl Welch

Thanks Truthsentinel! We're working on a deeper story about the finances behind the student count, and what the dollars mean to local districts. Look for it this week in the Tribune.



Thanks, Cheryl


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