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District 5 will use lottery to fill 2 elementary schools

Lexington-Richland School District 5 will use a lottery selection process to fill available seats at Chapin Elementary and Lake Murray Elementary schools.

The vacancies come after District 5 implemented an enrollment freeze at the schools beginning Jan. 2018 and Jan. 2019.

The district cited the rapidly growing student population due to development in the area as the reason for the enrollment freeze.

Only students currently reassigned to other schools due to the enrollment freeze are elligible for the optional enrollment lottery.

“In School District 5, 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.”

The district will use a computerized, random lottery system to make student selections for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. 

Parents of eligible students will receive a letter informing them of this process.

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


Mailing Address:
     PO Box 9 Lexington
     SC 29071
Street Address:
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     Lexington SC 29072
Phone: 803-359-7633
Fax: 803-359-2936