Rochester Public School Board votes to make Longfellow Elementary a "neighborhood" school

The vote affects some student’s chances of getting into the school that follows the unique 45/15 schedule.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 5:34 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester Public School Board voted to approve an item that allows Longfellow Elementary School to now be a neighborhood school, as well as a district-wide option.


The vote happened on Tuesday, Nov. 14 and affects some student’s chances of getting into the school and following their unique schedule. Longfellow Elementary follows a 45/15 schedule. That’s where students have 45 days of school followed by 15 days of vacation, all-year round.

Any student in the district can apply to get in. Siblings of students who already attend the school get first preference. After being voted to be a neighborhood school, now students who live in the neighborhood of the school get second preference.

“Obviously the families that are currently attending there, it's really not going to impact them because they're already in the school,” Michael Munoz, superintendent of Rochester Public Schools, said. “Ones that may be impacted, those who are trying to get in and they might see this as fewer opportunities for them to get in.”

Longfellow is just one of 16 elementary schools in the district. There’s a lottery in January that determines what elementary school students will attend. Munoz said many students apply to get into Longfellow due to its schedule.

“Some parents like that type of calendar, the 45/15 calendar,” Munoz said, “so they want to get their kids into it because of the calendar itself and it's also because it's a small school.”

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