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2 SCHOOL BOARDS TURN DOWN POLICY

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Logan and the Cache County's school boards have decided not to adopt an open enrollment policy passed by the Utah Legislature.

At a joint meeting Wednesday, the boards turned down the option of implementing the new law, which allows students to go to schools outside their attendance areas or districts.Logan School Superintendent Gary Carlston said the provisions of HB202 are much more restrictive than a local agreement already in place.

"The bill outlines a very specific timetable and deadlines for applying to attend a school outside a student's regular attendance area. Such requests can be denied on the basis of space limitations at a school, but not because of past academic performance or discipline problems," he said.

Cache County Superintendent Clark Puffer said the two local districts cooperate throughout the year in allowing students to cross school or district boundaries.

"If we have a student at Mountain Crest High School who is being harassed by other students, the student or parents may request that the pupil go to another school. When we go to the Logan District to ask if a student can attend Logan High, 99 percent of the time they allow it," he said.

Puffer said there are usually enough students changing schools so that space does not become a problem.