The Lansing school district will continue to allow new students from outside of the district to attend Lansing High School.

The Lansing school district will continue to allow new students from outside of the district to attend Lansing High School.

Members of the Board of Education had been discussing whether to allow new out-of-district students to enroll in Lansing schools next year. Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said board members voted Monday to continue allowing new out-of-district to enroll at Lansing High School.

For now, district officials feel Lansing High School is the only school in the district that can accommodate the additional students.

Stufflebeam said there are a couple of grade levels at Lansing Elementary School that also may be able to accommodate additional students from outside of the district. But this determination will not be made until after enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.

He said no new out-of-district students will be accepted for Lansing Intermediate School and Lansing Middle School. But this policy also could change.

“That could change based on enrollment numbers,” he said.

Board members had previously decided to allow returning out-of-district students to enroll in the Lansing district next year. Monday's decision focused on new students from outside of the district who want to enroll in Lansing schools.

Before making the decisions, board members had some questions including inquiries regarding funding.

Under a Kansas funding formula, the money the state government provides the Lansing schools increases as enrollment grows.

The Lansing school system currently has 326 students who live outside of the district's boundaries. These students increased funding for district for the 2017-2018 school year by more than $2 million, according to information from Stufflebeam.

The Lansing school district had stopped the practice accepting out-of-district students for a period of time after the state Legislature adopted a block grant system for public schools. But that system of funding ended last year.

Of the current 326 out-of-district students, 53 are children of school district employees.

There about 174 students who live in the Lansing school district but are attending classes in other districts this year, according to information from Stufflebeam.

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