EXETER TWP., Pa. -

Creating fair enrollment in the three elementary schools in the Exeter Township School District was an issue at the school board's workshop meeting on Tuesday.

Superintendent Robert Phillips explained to the board a protocol that is used within the district, which he referred to as "sister school" protocol.

For example, if a classroom maximum capacity number is reached, a new student would instead go to a different elementary school, where the classroom enrollment number isn’t as high.

Phillips is looking for the board to determine a specified number as the tipping point to enacting the "sister school" protocol.

Currently, once a student is moved to another elementary school, he or she remains there until reaching fifth grade and entering the Reiffton School, where the balance is not an issue.

Moving forward, the students shifted to sister schools would be reevaluated on a yearly basis, with the intent of getting them back into their intended elementary school.

Phillips explained that the fourth grade numbers at Owatin Creek Elementary are particularly high this year, with three classes measuring 26 students, and one class measuring 27. He said the second grade numbers are also a little high.

While second and fourth grades have higher enrollment numbers, Phillips explained that overall district enrollment numbers are declining slightly.

The board also recognized members of the Junior High Envirothon Team and their advisors, Gretchen Hess and Nicole Keen. The group, divided into six teams, recently competed at an event at Nolde Forest in Cumru Township.

Twenty-seven Berks County teams competed in areas of forestry, soils, wildlife and aquatics. All six Exeter teams placed in the top 10.

The board will meet again on September 20 to vote on the items discussed Tuesday night.