Brighton school board set to vote on not allowing out-of-county students

The Brighton Area Schools Board of Education will meet Wednesday night (Aug. 19), at which time it might vote to not allow students from outside Livingston County to enroll in the district. The reason: While COVID-19 cases are relatively low in Livingston County, they’re higher in Oakland County and other neighboring areas.

The Brighton Area Schools board meets on Aug. 11.

The decision would not affect students who were enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year, but it would refuse enrollment to any new out-of-county students. The decision would impact about 29 out-of-county students who are already enrolled in the district and are expecting to start school in Brighton next month. The board could vote to boot those students out of the district before they’re allowed to start school.

The Brighton school board had a spirited discussion on the issue at tonight’s special school board meeting, which was held to interview superintendent candidates. Following the interviews, the board began to discuss the schools-of-choice issue.

Some board members voiced the opinion that for the health and safety of Brighton’s students, it would be prudent to close enrollment to students who don’t live in Livingston County.

Wednesday night’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be available to view via Zoom. You’ll find the link on the school district’s website here.

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