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Home Address Verification Begins Again for Families in Albany Schools

This memo went out via email Wednesday afternoon. Address verification begins in April and continues through June. Last names will determine when families can participate. Tell us in the comments what you thought of last year's process.

[Editor's Note: Last year, the began a system requiring parents to verify their address each year to crack down on out-of-district students suspected to be attending Albany schools without a permit. Here's round two. This note went out Wednesday via an Albany schools email list. It has been modified slightly for clarity.]

ATTENTION PARENTS ADDRESS RE-VERIFICATION

Albany residents will be required to re-verify their Albany address beginning April 2, 2012 - June 29, 2012. We encourage parents to follow the schedule by alpha group (by last name) to avoid long lines and waiting.

A-H: April 2-30
I-P: May 1-31
Q-Z: June 1-29

Bring proof of residency to the at 1051 Monroe St., during regular office hours or during extended hours on the fourth Wednesday of each month from April to June. 

1. Print and complete the Declaration of Residency Form (Download here)

2. Parent/Guardian’s Current Government Identification (ID, Driver’s License, or Passport). 

3. A Property Deed (or most recent Property Tax Bill) or a Current Rental Agreement (with the following: Parent/Guardian name, students name(s), name of owner or manager and telephone number - subleases will not be accepted.

4. Two (2) other forms of proof of Albany residence with address imprinted, for example:

Utility document(s) or bill(s) 
W-2 Form
Bank statement 
Paycheck
Public assistance documents

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

Office hours 8:30- 4:30, closed 12-1 pm
Extended hours until 7 pm on April 25, May 23 and June 27

This noticed is posted on the district website here.

Jon Meyers March 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
If we're going to do this, especially if it's every year, I agree that some sensible simplifications are mandatory. For example, there should be no reason to submit the same property deed year after year - doesn't it just stay the same? Also, given that it's 2012 and plenty of folks would just be printing documents from some online bill or account anyway, why not have electronic submission? Seems to me these kinds of things make it easier on the family and the district staff as well.
Caryl O'Keefe March 27, 2012 at 01:24 AM
How about simplification with random sampling of online certifications? For instance, AUSD specifies on the Aeries online student registration form that the form serves as a formal certification of residency, spelling out Albany residency requirements. From an all-schools compilation of that file AUSD could pull random samples of students to contact (parents) for residency certification documentation. Samples do not need to be big, just random. Only a comparatively small number of parents would have to find/copy/submit docs. AUSD would not have to gather, label, file, and maintain docs from everyone every year, just from sampled families. While this process probably would not find every student whose parents are claiming residency falsely, it's not clear if we know that the current, burdensome process does either.
Ira Sharenow April 21, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I noticed that there has been a drop in coverage of school issues as there seems to be fewer freelance articles. Is Patch in trouble? The answer seems to be “yes” according to numerous reports. I did a Google search: AOL Patch “The company has ramped up the number of unpaid bloggers and slashed freelance budgets amid rising media criticism of the venture for its impact on AOL's bottom line.” From Forbes: “Patch Editor In Chief Brian Farnham Is Leaving AOL” From Forbes: “I asked an AOL spokeswoman to clarify whether Patch, which lost approximately $160 million last year, is still part of HPMG but haven’t received a response.” Business Insider: “EXCLUSIVE: Now We Know AOL's Patch Revenue – And It's Tiny” CNN Money : “just 12 of the 863 Patch sites were actually profitable during that time.” Reuters: “AOL hires chief content officer for troubled Patch” Screenweek: “Days Numbered for AOL Patch?” --- From Tuesday's board meeting, it appears as though the district is actively attempting to max out on enrollment because it thinks it is profitable. The board seems to have forgotten about construction costs and the various numbers are very iffy/puzzling/contradictory. The hearing is on video. No citizens spoke on the inter-D issue.
Emilie Raguso April 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Heya Ira: I would appreciate it if you could avoid the speculation. There's no indication (to me anyway) that Patch is troubled. We continue to grow in traffic and engagement, blogging, deepening our coverage in all areas, etc. Patch started almost all of its sites less than two years ago, and the idea that any of them would be able to be "profitable" from the get-go has never really made sense to me. Any business needs time to grow and make back its start-up costs. At least, that's my understanding of how most businesses work. There are various reasons why there has been somewhat less coverage of the schools this year, but the main reason is that there haven't been a lot of issues that have been generating a lot of community concern. In the past month, here are some of our headlines: "School District Budget Could Face Challenges Ahead" "10 School Buildings Need Seismic Review" "Teachers Speak Out Against Possible Benefits Cuts" "Home Address Verification Begins Again for Families in Albany Schools" "AHS Chemistry Teacher Carlock on Leave Until June Retirement" "School Address Reverification Reopens Old Wounds" "Column: "Spring Fling" on Friday to be Feast for the Ears" ** I feel good about the number and type of stories we've had on the site. Are there more stories to be done? Definitely! But that's always the case.
Emilie Raguso September 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Albany Patch is preparing a list of questions from readers for school board candidates. We've scheduled, in conjunction with St. Alban's, candidate forums in October. (BOE: Oct. 10; CC: Oct. 17) Details here: http://patch.com/A-ybgT Please comment back ASAP to let us know your questions for school board candidates, or email me at albany@patch.com.

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