DELAVAN, Wis. – The Delavan-Darien School District denied a family’s request to enroll their children in a neighboring school district by citing the “best interest” of the children.
“We believe it is in the best interest of your children to attend the Delavan-Darien School District,” said a letter from Superintendent Robert Crist to Les and Carol Paur. “Your application for the above students to transfer out of the Delavan-Darien School District into the Williams Bay School District under the open enrollment program has been denied by the Delavan-Darien School District for the 2014-15 school year.”
Carol Paur, the mother of the students seeking transfer, explained to Charlie Sykes on 620 WTMJ that her daughters were previously enrolled in a Catholic school but were leaving due to financial considerations. Their daughter Elizabeth suffers from anxiety and sought to enroll in Williams Bay, a smaller school district, because of the size and some familiarity with students.
Paur told Sykes that her daughter was excited for the first time to attend school when the prospect of transferring to Williams Bay appeared to be a reality.
“Emotionally, we were prepared to move on to Williams Bay,” said Paur.
But then Dr. Crist’s letter arrived, temporarily dashing the Paur family’s hopes because Delavan-Darien School District was not willing to approve the transfer.
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