A: Let me preface this response by saying that under this proposal, we will not actually be creating a true “magnet” school. The magnet program comes with grant funding which we may apply for in the future but currently do not have for a new magnet. What we are actually proposing is creating a K-8 school of choice and the district may, if funds are available, fund certain targeted programs based on a (yet to be identified) theme out of the general fund of the district budget.
We will do everything we can to keep families together. However, we can only fill available open seats in a “magnet” type of school. The upper grades, next year’s seventh and eighth grade students, will most likely not allow for many students because of the current Central Park students would be permitted the opportunity to remain in the building through their graduation to the high school. This will limit the available spots significantly. That is not to say the students from Howe won’t have a chance to get in through the lottery, but spots will be limited and the probability of getting a spot will depend on availability and the number of applicants.
Unfortunately, as with any magnet lottery, if two children from the same family apply for two different grade levels there is the chance that one may be successful and one may not. In this case we will not be able to keep families together. This scenario is not unlike our current magnet lottery. What we will do in keeping with our current practice is allow sibling entering Kindergarten in subsequent years to enter the K-8 magnet without going through the lottery.