To ensure that nobody who lives outside Highland Park ISD is using the district's schools, each student's parents will now be required to submit a water or electric bill to prove their residency.
A Q&A about this new requirement is posted on the district's website. But one question that goes unanswered is "Why now?" Fortunately, that answer can be found in the packet for last month's Board of Trustees meeting.
In previous years, District mailings that were returned to sender often signaled a residency concern, but mailings have diminished with Skyward Family Access. That has left the District with a missing tool that may be offset by adding this process.
Makes sense. When the district is having so much trouble accommodating the students who actually live in HPISD, administrators can't afford to let outsiders slip in.