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School District Five announces optional lottery process for students impacted by Phase I, Phase II enrollment freeze

Lexington-Richland School District Five will participate in an optional lottery selection process for available seats at Chapin Elementary School (CES) and Lake Murray Elementary School (LMES) for the 2019-2020 school year. This opportunity will only be provided to students currently reassigned to other schools due to Phase I and Phase II of the enrollment freeze, which were implemented January 22, 2018 and January 22, 2019 respectively.


An enrollment freeze was enacted at Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary schools due to the growing student population that resulted from new growth and development in the area. The action was taken to allow class sizes to remain at acceptable levels and not overload instructional programs. School District Five’s Board of Trustees approved the optional lottery during its meeting on Monday, May 20.


“In School District Five, we review and monitor enrollment throughout the school year. Because of that process, we were able to identify a limited number of available seats for the upcoming school year at both Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary schools,” said Chief Planning and Administration Officer Dr. Michael Harris. “If parents are not interested in participating in the lottery, no action is required and their child will remain in the school they currently attend.”


School District Five will utilize a computerized, random lottery system to allow students who were impacted by Phase I and Phase II of the enrollment freeze to apply for any available seats and attend their zoned school during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Parents of eligible students will receive a letter informing them of this process.


School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said, “We want to remind our community that the enrollment freeze is a temporary solution to overcrowding, while we continue to work towards building a new school in the Chapin area. We want to be as family-friendly and student-centered as possible, and we feel the lottery allows us to do that.”


Enrollment at Lake Murray Elementary School and Chapin Elementary has increased over the past several years. To address overcrowding, the district has closed some schools to choice, placed special education self-contained programs on campuses with greater availability of space, and increased magnet offerings. In 2015, School District Five reassigned fifth graders from Chapin area elementary schools to Chapin Intermediate School, which now serves fifth and sixth graders.


Learn more about the current enrollment freeze at Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary schools by visiting