SOUTHLAKE — The Carroll school district will start accepting transfer applications next week from students who live in Southlake but attend Keller or Northwest schools.The Carroll school board gave final approval to the open-enrollment program this week.Julie Thannum, assistant superintendent for board and community relations, said applications will be available next week at the district office and online.Transfers will be granted for one school year at a time, and each student must reapply annually. The student’s family must provide transportation.Transfers will be limited to available classroom space, school leaders have said.About 400 children are expected to qualify.The district could get about $5,500 from the state for every student who transfers.Carroll’s 2012-13 budget included an estimated shortfall of $1.6 million. In 2011, state funding reductions resulted in more than $8 million in cuts. The transfer program is one of several efforts that Carroll has considered to bolster the budget.In other business, Carroll schools will soon phase in wide-ranging security initiatives. Operation #SAFEdragon (Safety Awareness For Every Dragon) emerged from a reassessment after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.Phase One includes a new online volunteer application and background check, Thannum said, as well as more fencing for playgrounds, safety training for staff and a Safety Fair in August to introduce new school resource officers.The district will also test communication devices expected to help provide swift emergency response during a crisis.The phase has a one-time cost of $177,000 and a recurring cost of $69,000, according to the district. Funding for the effort will be considered further at a July 5 meeting.
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