SDHSAA Open Enrollment Vote Falls Short

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PIERRE, S.D. – A vote of member schools to change athletic open enrollment rules in South Dakota has fallen short of the required support.   92 of 158 member schools voted to make it tougher to transfer, but that was only 58.2 percent. The proposal, which would have made students ineligible to play varsity sports for one year if they open enrolled to attend a new school, needed 60 percent to pass.  Executive Director of the Activities Association, Wayne Carney said that the Association’s schools have spoken but he added that he would not be surprised if the issue came up again in the future.  The issue arose after 31 districts, including Pierre, petitioned the SDHSAA to change its rules for competing.  Open enrollment allows a student living in one district to attend school in another district without a change of residence.

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