Westerville City Schools' administrators have recommended that the board reverse a policy that allows sibling preference for admittance to the district's magnet school program.

Westerville City Schools' administrators have recommended that the board reverse a policy that allows sibling preference for admittance to the district's magnet school program.

Traditionally, admittance to magnet schools has been based on a lottery system. This year, the district decided to allow first-grade siblings of existing magnet school students to enroll ahead of the lottery in attempt to keep families in the same school buildings.

Diane Conley, the district's chief of academic affairs, said setting priorities for admittance to magnet schools has been a regular issue for the district.

"We've had priority requests for a lot of different reasons," Conley said. "Siblings have come up year after year."

The district never has allowed preference for any other reason, Conley said, and the decision to recommend eliminating sibling preference took a lot of thought and discussion.

"The decision wasn't made lightly, and it wasn't an easy decision to make," she said.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 2 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.