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Education Roundup: School district sees more opportunities for enrollment

Dylan Silver

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Lake Tahoe Unified School District is hoping a pair of new laws will help increase enrollment in schools.

The first is the statewide move to implement transitional kindergarten. For the 2012-2013 school year, children entering kindergarten will have to be 5 years old by Nov. 1. Children with birthdays between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 can enter the district’s transitional kindergarten program, which has been in place since 2006.

The state recently made the decision not to cut funding for the program.

There’s also changes to residency requirements. A recent California Senate bill, SB 381, allows parents to enroll their children in a school near their workplace, meaning parents who live outside the district, but work inside its boundaries will be able to send their children to LTUSD schools.

“The purpose of SB381 is to provide parents with an opportunity to participate in their children’s education,” said Superintendent Jim Tarwater in a Friday statement. “This allows parents to attend after-school and evening school events and to be an active member of the educational community.”

In order to enroll a student under this exception to the residency requirements, parents must be physically employed within the district boundaries for at least 10 hours per week during the school week. Applications for 2012-2013 enrollment will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on classroom space availability and other factors, according to the statement.

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To be considered, parents will need to submit proof of the employment, including a paycheck stub or letter from the employer listing the actual address of the place of employment.

Documentation listing only a post office box as an address is not acceptable. Evidence of employment must also indicate the number of hours per school week that the parent/guardian is employed at that location.

The South Tahoe High School Nordic Ski Team will be doing a cross country ski-athon at the school’s football stadium this weekend.

Athletes will ski laps for two, one-hour segments each, over a 24-hour period beginning at noon Friday and ending at noon Saturday.

The athletes are seeking pledge donations on a per-lap, per-mile or flat-rate basis. Money raised from the event will help the team with training and racing expenses such as equipment, uniforms and transportation.

If you have questions or wish to make a pledge, contact Coach Mark Hoefer at 530-545-1330 or stop by the football stadium and cheer on the skiers.

The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is accepting grant applications for educational enrichment programs in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. School district staff, parent groups and supporters are eligible to apply.

In October 2011, LTEDF distributed more than $32,000 in grant money to recipients. All LTUSD schools had staff or parent groups who received funding through this program.

Spring semester grant applications are available on the LTEDF website, They are due by midnight March 3. All grant applications must be signed by a LTUSD administrator and the grant writer.

Applications can be emailed to the addresses listed on the applications.