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APS Policy Committee Approves New Enrollment Requirements
Students will have to provide proof of residency in the attendance area where they are enrolling in school.
The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education Policy Committee approved new enrollment requirements, which if approved by the Board of Education on Wednesday, will take effect next year.
According to the new requirements, each year students will have to provide proof of residency in the attendance area where they are enrolling in school. Formerly, students and their parents or guardians only had to provide proof of residency only when they were enrolling at a school for the first time.
The policy committee approved the addition to the policies dealing with “Enrollment Requirements (JF)” and “Assignments of Students to School (JC)” on a four-to-three vote with members Kathy Korte, Lorenzo Garcia, Martin Esquivel and David Peercy voting in favor.
Among the documents that will be accepted to establish residency are a current New Mexico driver’s license or voter registration, a deed or mortgage payment receipt within 60 days of enrollment, a current property tax bill, a current lease or Section 8 housing agreement and a utility bill within 60 days of enrollment.
APS administrators proposed the policy change because of crowding at a number of schools around the district.
“We have families still wanting their children to go to their former school even though they have moved out of an area,” explained Carrie Robin Menapace, the district’s policy analyst.