Supt. Victor Mercurio issued a statement in his weekly field memo denying a rumor that an incoming 3rd grader was going to be sent to Cedar Hill Elementary School in Warwick because there was no room in EG schools.
A story in East Greenwich News last week addressed the marked enrollment increase facing the school district – 40 new students have registered since October 2013, compared with a total increase of 12 students since 2010. As a result, at the elementary level some children are not able to attend the school they would typically attend due to crowding.
But the language used to describe such a switch appears to have caused confusion.
Here’s Mercurio’s statement:
It has come to my attention that there may be some confusion over student enrollment and placement within the district at the elementary level. Due to the fact that the schools are paired at the elementary level, student enrollments are done across grade levels across schools in the district. For example, if Grade 2 at Frenchtown is at maximum capacity as defined by contractual parameters, new registrations from the Frenchtown area are enrolled at Meadowbrook to fill available slots there. At no time are students bussed to another school district because enrollment numbers are too high across schools within East Greenwich. The district has a legal obligation to educate its school aged student residents, and we will continue to meet this obligation as we always have. Should anyone have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email ([email protected]) and/or submit a question via this field memo.