Some parents might have a tougher time getting the Fayette Public Schools to approve "out-of-area" attendance requests for the coming school year.
Fayette schools officials say theyll be more strict when it comes to granting requests for elementary students to attend school out of area in 2013-14.
The more stringent approach, which applies only to elementary school applications, is necessary because many Fayette elementaries already are at or near capacity, officials said.
Middle and high school applications will not be affected. Elementary students who are already attending school outside their regular attendance area also will not be affected.
Out-of-area applications for 2013-14 will be available online at the Fayette Schools website starting at 8 a.m. April 9.
Fayette Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said the districts out-of-area policies arent changing. But district officials will be more careful in granting exceptions from those policies when it comes to elementary school students, she said.
"Every year we receive applications from families that for whatever reason dont wish to attend the school they are districted in," Deffendall said. "They file out-of-area requests, and sometimes we are able to make an exception and grant them. But now its causing a problem because our elementary schools are so full."
The Fayette Schools new facilities plan calls seven new schools, including three new elementary schools to meet booming population growth.
According to Deffendall, granting large numbers of out-of-area requests can create various problems, such as a school having to turn away neighborhood kids because so many slots have been filled by out-of-area students.
"What were saying is that until we get some new schools built, we have to cut back on this," she said. "Were going to be very specific in saying that here are the reasons that you can apply, and dont apply if you dont have one of these reasons. We have to stop making all these exceptions."
According to district officials, priority in granting out-of-area applications for 2013-14 will be given to children of school employees; walkers who live within one mile of a school; fifth-graders wishing to finish elementary in the same school they have been attending; siblings; and students anticipating a family move before Oct. 31.
For more information, go to www.fcps.net/outofarea . For questions, call Jean Salley in districts department of pupil personnel at (859) 381-4122.
Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.