State High Schools to vote on Open Enrollment for Athletics

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PIERRE, S.D. – Ballots are being mailed out today from the South Dakota High School Activities Association to member schools to vote on a change of the current open enrollment policy in South Dakaota’s High Schools.  When open enrollment began with the 1998-99 school year, it was designed to allow a student living in one attendance area to go to school in another attendance area without his or her family having to move. Academics was the focus, but over the years, the policy has been used more frequently for athletic reasons.  31 member schools recently petitioned the High School Activities Association to change it’s rules stating an athlete must sit out a year of varsity athletics if they open enroll but may compete at the Junior Varsity or lower level.  School districts will have 60 days to vote on the matter and return the ballots to the High School Activities Association Office in Pierre.  A 60 percent approval rate is needed for the change to go into effect July 1st.

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