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The Residency Verification Process

The President and Vice President of the board explain the residency verification process and share data from the last seven years of the verification process.

We would like to reassure the community that the administration and all board members support and maintain that all students must meet the residency requirements to attend Grosse Pointe Public School.

 

Below is the current practice of the registration process that the district has implemented.

 

 

 

1.     For students to attend Grosse Pointe Public Schools, they must meet the eligibility requirements of Board Policy 5111.

 

2.      If a student is found in violation of the residency requirement, they are removed immediately, a prorated annual tuition amount of $13,030.00 is charged and criminal prosecution is requested of local law enforcement.

 

3.      Continual investigation of potential residency violations are completed on an ongoing basis for students who are reported or identified by the district as potentially violating the residency requirements

 

4.       All new students must register at the District Administration office and parent/legal guardian are required to provide legal documentation of their relationship to the child as well as  proofs of residency including a landlord affidavit, if appropriate, for the situation.  An affidavit is also signed and notarized attesting to these criteria and acknowledging the penalties.

 

5.       All kindergarten students, even if they have or had siblings in the district, must register at the District Administration office and all parents/legal guardian are required to provide legal documentation of their relationship to the child as well as continued proofs of residency including a landlord affidavit, if appropriate for the situation.  An affidavit is signed and notarized attesting to these criteria, updating the previous one. 

 

6.      All students who reside at a rental must show proof of residency and be re-verified yearly for enrollment eligibility regardless of lease expiration.  Notice of this requirement is sent out in August prior to the start of the school year.  An affidavit is signed and notarized again, updating the previous one and a landlord affidavit is required.  The names of the children residing in the property must be included in either the lease agreement or the landlord affidavit.

 

7.      Students on a month-to-month lease will be required to provide a landlord affidavit each month.  

 

 

8.  Students who move from one home to another within the district must go to the administration building with proper documentation and verify their residency. 

 

Below is also the data that has been collected over the last seven years regarding Grosse Pointe residency and verification;

 

 

School Year

Student Headcount

Households

New Students Verified

Household Leases Sent Out for Reverification

Leases Reverified Due to Expiration

Leases Not Reverified Due to Non-Returning Students (move outs)

Lease Reverification in process

Household Leases on Month-to-Month Verification

Closed Investigations

Student Exclusions

Community Tips

Number of Residency Verifications - Blended Household and Headcount

Verifications as a % of Head-count

Exclusions as % of Headcount

2012/2013 updated 10/2012

8,387

5,100

775

777

708

42

69

187

26

2

12

1696

20%

0%

 

 

 

 

School Year

Student Headcount

New Students Verified 

 

Leases Re-verified Due to Expiration

 

Closed Investigations

Student Exclusions

Community Tips

Number of Residency Verifications - Blended Household and Headcount

Verifications as a % of Headcount

Exclusions as % of Headcount

2011/2012

8,417

850

*

125

*

183

42

9

1,158

14%

0.5%

2010/2011

8,370

936

 

415

 

142

48

12

1,493

18%

0.6%

2009/2010

8,416

855

*

126

 

225

60

15

1,206

14%

0.7%

2008/2009

8,622

888

*

504

 

278

66

17

1,670

19%

0.8%

2007/2008

8,902

872

*

100

*

116

47

no data

1,088

12%

0.5%

2006/2007

8,952

895

*

100

*

182

49

no data

1,177

13%

0.5%

2005/2006

8,929

911

*

100

*

112

26

no data

1,123

13%

0.3%

 

 

As a district we will continue to explore options to improve the process of verifying residency, these all must meet the threshold of being equitable, efficient and effective.

Sincerely

Judy Gafa President of Grosse Pointe  Board of Education

Lois Valente Vice President of Grosse Pointe Board of Education

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Lois Valente October 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The footnote looks like it is missing. An * after any number is an estimate.
anthony neme October 18, 2012 at 01:59 PM
So, the district will allow 5-6-7-8 people to be registered at one address, one bedroom apartment? Is that included in the verification process? A significant oversight
Hunter Douglas October 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Throughout this shameful episode, the Residents for Residency have maintained this policy doesn't work, isn't enforced, has let "hundreds" of violators into our schools. It's time for them to prove their assertions. They keep saying "everybody knows" about this supposedly widespread problem. If that's true, then let them submit lists of names and families to Chris Fenton's office for investigation. I'm tired of this embarrassment to an excellent school district, and will vote accordingly.
EGMP October 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I'd like to know if anyone has ever been charged and has actually paid that $13,030.00 if ever proven they were here 'illegally' within the past 3 years????
MRSPirateLarz October 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
EGMP, if I am correct that penalty just went into effect this year, school year. So my guess would be no, no one has paid. YET.
Marlene Pierce October 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM
That would be interesting, but we don't need a media blitz like with Kelley Williams-Bolar. The issue is a problem. Non-residents should not be attending our schools. We are a closed system and have fought to keep it that way. The school employs someone to verify residency. Is the system perfect? No. But, I do no believe the Residents for Residency 'solution' would add any value, and would only burden an already overburdened system.
Marlene Pierce October 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Pardon me, not rather than no in the last sentence.
EGMP October 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Just a suggestion, if not already in place. For those homes that have an abundant amount of people living in such a tiny space (ie- 5-6-7-8 people living in a 1 bedroom rental/apartment) they should be required to put ALL their names on the lease and have it signed by the landlord and your cities hall. Its a win-win on both ends!
Marlene Pierce October 19, 2012 at 01:26 AM
EGMP, if memory serves, in GPP, there is a law on the books that only so many folks could live in a rental, or possibly any home, per square foot. City inspectors measured units room by room about 5-6 years ago. If still on the books, easy fix. Cross check with city records, illegal habitation, ect. But again, this is the job of the person the administration has hired. Making that person's job easier, facilitating helping that person, is the answer. Imposing a penalty on all residents throughout the district that really does not address the problem, is not. If someone is willing to lie, falsify documents, and defraud the system, signing one more document will not deter them. It will just put additional burden on the others.
Judy Gafa October 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Anthony multiple families living in one home is a trigger that will start an investigation. EGMP the districts working with the local municipalities to get updated information on a monthly basis.
Amanda Kirchner October 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Thank you, Judy and Lois, for providing this information! I hope this answers the many questions I've seen asked on various posts and also educate the misinformed!
Judy Gafa October 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Anthony and EGMP, several people living at one address is flagged in the districts computers and triggers an investigation.
GP For Life October 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I am not saying that doesn't happen, but I would love to see a documented case of that. Catch-22 being that you have to pursue it in order to document it. If this was the case, it would work me into a frothy tizzy.
Travis October 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Sorry, but there should be ZERO issue with all families re registering and verifying their residency EVERY year. Rental or owners and before you jump on me know that I am a full owning resident. I can give you several examples of families selling and moving out of GP and the school just assumes they are returning only to find out the first week of school that they are not returning. So who knows how many have moved that previously lived in the district and still send their child because they do not have to reprove any logistics since they did it in kindergarten. Sorry as a parent you may find this redudant and cumbersome, but I find allowing cheaters and freeloaders to continue to get by our policies because of laziness on our part unacceptable. Not to mention if a student did move and the school knew they were not returning through an every year registration process then that would give the school a pretty acurate head count to know the need for teachers. Instead you make many teachers wait until last minute to determine if they are needed.
GP Mom October 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
So, as long as someone proves their residency in kindergarten, they could move out of the community after registration and the district just assumes that they haven't moved? With what's happening in the housing market, there are more people moving than ever before. I have to admit that I'm shocked that the suggested reverification processes have met with resistance. They can only benefit the students that actually live in the district. I pay extremely high property taxes so that my child can go to GP schools. People from outside the district who are not paying the same property taxes should not be able to freeload in our schools.
Judy Gafa October 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Let's clear a few things up, if we can. There is a lot of assumptions out there specifically that the district is unaware of when students move out. Any mail that is sent to the home is returned triggering an investigation, many times the district a student moves tom requires information from our district, again letting us know the student has moved. At the secondary level, on-line registration information is mailed to the home, it will not be forwarded and students cannot register without the information. One thing I think needs to be clarified about the revivification affidavit, no proof of residency was required. It was an affidavit stating the penalties for violating the residency policy and that is what families would be signing.
Popeye October 22, 2012 at 02:15 PM
But the system doesn't work. Talk to your kids. Take a look at your tax bill. Michigan School Tax 6.0 mils.,school operatimg 12.2334 mils., school hold harmless 5.7666 mils.,school debt 1.2761 mils., school sinking find .9738 mils. The taxpayers have been generous. Why not hire an outside entity to take care of this issue. Cheaper and more efficient.
Chris K October 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Popeye: You make an interesting suggestion. If an outside entity is hired for a set number of years to verify residency and at the end of that time the processes already used yields similar results, it may bring an end to this issue and the assertions on both sides. I would suspect that if Grosse Pointe becomes a school of choice there will always be more students wishing to attend than there will be capacity so some sort of residency verification process will need to be in place.

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