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Freshmen Must Verify Town Residency

Parents of incoming freshmen at Greenwich High School are running out of time to verify their children's residency before classes begin next week.

In its second year of more stringent verification, the Board of Education is aiming to prevent nonresidents from attending school at the expense of taxpayers.

"Last year, we were just getting our feet wet," said Kim Guaragna, coordinator of verifications for the Greenwich school system. "This year, we really got our feet on the ground."

According to published reports, the families of 61 of the 625 incoming freshman for the 2010-2011 school year still need to bring proof of residency to the Havemeyer Building on Arch Street. If verification is not received, the district may launch an investigation into residency status, putting a student in jeopardy.

Guaragna said families have until Aug. 31 to bring in proper documentation of residency, including photo identification, two utility bills and proof of property ownership or rental. Proper documentation will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

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