APS changes residency policy

Posted at: 04/03/2013 10:25 PM
Updated at: 04/04/2013 3:11 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

APS students will now be required to provide proof of residency for the school they’re attending.

The school board passed the proposal Wednesday evening with a 4-3 vote.

There were tense moments as board members shared mixed opinions, but the policy passed.

Some students will now be required every year to provide proof of residency in the attendance area where they are enrolling for school.

According to APS spokesperson Monica Armenta, the Board of Education's new school enrollment requirements affect 40 families currently attending North Star Elementary.

Third and 4th graders, and their siblings currently attending North Star will be "grandfathered" in and may remain at the school next year.

All other students not living within the newly approved boundary will have to enroll at Double Eagle Elementary next year.

APS administrators proposed the policy change because of overcrowding at a number of schools in the district.

Examples of acceptable proof are: A New Mexico driver’s license, a lease agreement, a utility bill and a voter’s registration card.

APS is trying to give people as many options as possible when it comes to documentation.

The policy goes into effect starting next school year.