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Ask Elsie

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

One of the benefits to working for any school district is to enroll your student in your school of your choosing for your child. This has been an insurmountable hurdle for me since accepting employment from FWISD. There seems to be no preference at all given to children of employees, and no one who can answer questions regarding this particular so-called benefit. Despite my sons earning the option to enroll in a school of choice on their own merits, and being the son of an employee, my youngest son was still waitlisted for one school, and I was told "NO" when I requested his 2nd option, with no consideration given to employee status.

Is this even considered a benefit for employees, or simply a nice box to check?

Fort Worth ISD employee

Dear Fort Worth ISD Employee,

Thank you for your question.

The Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal Choices Catalog states that:

“Admission is based on a computer-generated selection process.”

“Students will be given the following weighted ranking order during the lottery process as determined through Board Policy:

Gold Seal Programs of Choice

(Including Como Montessori and Daggett Montessori)

  • Students living in the school’s attendance zone
  • Siblings of resident students who are concurrently enrolled in the school’s Program of Choice
  • Children of resident District employees
  • Students living in the District but outside of the attendance zone
  • Children of non-resident District employees
  • Students living outside of the District

Gold Seal Schools of Choice

(Not including Como Montessori and Daggett Montessori)

  • Siblings of resident students who are concurrently enrolled in the school’s Program of Choice
  • Children of resident District employees
  • Students living in the District but outside of the attendance zone
  • Children of non-resident District employees
  • Students living outside of the District WAITING LIST”

Thanks again Fort Worth ISD Employee for your question.

Elsie

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