Falls May Add 42 Seats Through Open Enrollment

Menomonee Falls School District leaders will add 42 seats through open enrollment, but have opted to close the door on Chapter 220 seats.

The Menomonee Falls School District plans to allow just over 40 students from outside the district to enroll in schools next year.

The School Board earlier this week reviewed a proposal from Director of Pupil Services Kathy Zarling, which detailed a data-driven plan to open 42 seats for students outside the school district. The School Board will vote to approve the open seats on Jan. 28 at its next meeting.

Zarling said the district plans to distribute the seats amongst Kindergarten through third grade classroom. Administrators favor early entry into the district so students can be incorporated into the district for the long term. Parents can begin applying for open enrollment seats around the state Feb. 4.

The district won’t open any seats for its Chapter 220 program, however.  School leaders have typically opened several seats each year to students in the district through the racially based program. But racial demographics in Menomonee Falls are changing, and the district is achieving a balance in student diversity through natural population trends in Menomonee Falls.

The district also has a financial incentive to open seats through the Open Enrollment program rather than Chapter 220.

The district receives a portion of direct revenue for every student enrolling in the district through Open Enrollment. The student’s “home” district receives the other half. In contrast, Chapter 220 helps lower the overall tax levy, but it doesn’t generate revenue for a district. 

Falls Parent January 18, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I am just wondering if the open enrollment kids are the same kids at the high school who keep fighting. Why are we letting just anyone in the district no matter what trouble they cause. The high school is becoming a joke and my kids don't even want to be there anymore. When you ask administration they just give you the same crap, only a small number causing trouble. One is ONE TOO MANY!
Carl Engelking January 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Open Enrollment kids can live anywhere as long as transportation is provided by the family.
babecityrollers January 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM
I recently graduated from MFHS and I felt that Chapter 220 added immensely to the classroom by adding diversity and fresh perspectives; understanding those experiences served me well when I attended a large, urban post-secondary institution.
Lynn March 01, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Craig you are so right! 220 was a problem since the start of it.


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