29 July 2008
My family lives in a rural town with a limited amount of schools in the area. Upon our arrival four years ago, my first home was located nearby the more prominent high school and middle school. I am a strong advocate of higher learning, and took comfort that our home was near the schools of choice in our area. I felt at ease with the teachers, environment, and surrounding neighborhoods of each of my children’s new schools. As the years have gone by, as most children do, they have accumulated friends, and have gotten involved in their school’s sports, and other extracurricular activities. Therefore, it never occurred to me when I rented out our family home last year, and moved less than eight minutes across town into our brand new home that my children would be unable to continue their education in the school they began. One day I received a letter from the school district informing me that my children would need to enroll in the schools near my new home, as they had recently discovered my children were no longer in their school district. Therefore, I assumed that the district office were not aware that I still was the legal homeowner and still paid the property taxes. In addition, I also kept the water, trash and gas utilities in my name, so I gathered my proof and marched down to the office. I clearly remember, I was very nonchalant about the whole mix-up, and was confident the proof of residency would suffice. It did, but only for some time.
Approximately two months later, I received a phone call from the school district border liaison; she explained to me that she had just completed a home visit to my home on Lela May Avenue, to verify my children’s residency. This woman also went on to tell me that she peered through the windows and went around the sides of my rental home, and verified that the home was indeed vacant! I clearly thought she assumed I was renting...