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Few attend Price Lab enrollment opportunity


Monday at Price Lab, while there was no class, a few parents and students were still in the building to consider their future.

It was an opportunity for Price Lab families to see what other school districts can offer but very few showed up.


Chris Heistad has a daughter and son attending Price Lab School.

He brought them along to help determine where they should go to school next year.

"We just wanted to come in and look at a few of the schools that they're interested in attending and get some materials and try to make a good decision on where they should go," said Heistad.


But the Heistads were just a few of the people who showed up to the event.

There were plenty of school administrators from Waterloo to Hudson to Valley Lutheran ready to answer questions from curious parents and students.

But few parents or students showed up - whether from no school Monday to a rumored Facebook-inspired boycott to a perception that the school will ultimately not close.

"Today's a good opportunity for parents to get information. We want them to be informed because the clock is ticking and they have approximately 45 calendar days to make their decision on where to send their children next year. I think in early February, they weren't thinking about where will I send my children to school next year," said Price Lab Elementary principal Jim Stichter.


A majority of Price Lab students live in Cedar Falls.

District officials say they have enough space to handle an influx of new students.

"We're going to have to make a few minor changes. We anticipate mostly at Lincoln Elementary School we'll have to add a couple extra classrooms there if all the students that currently live in the Lincoln area decide to enroll at Lincoln," said Cedar Falls Schools Superintendent David Stoakes.

Meantime, 6th grader Greta Heistad is asking perspective schools questions she needs answered.

"What are the class sizes? How long is the gym? If they have the same units as us and if there's a nice after-school program where you can finish your homework," said Heistad.

If Price Lab parents are going to enroll their students in their home district, all they have to do is go through normal registration.

If they are open enrolling to a district outside their home area, they must decide by April 16.

UNI officials say more information sessions may happen before that time.

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