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Old 02-15-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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We are debating abut buyng a lot in Chapel Hill and building a house. I don't know if we will be in the house by the start of the school year. We would want our children to start the school year in that school and not transition mid year. Anyone know if you are building but not living in the house can kids go to the public school for that house? We currently live in Durham.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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No, I don't think you can go to the school unless you live in the zone for the school. You know how construction projects are. A person could buy land and say they were going to build, but then decide against it. Or someone could build a house and then decide to sell the house instead of occupying it. I'd be surprised if CHCCS would accept that as a possibility. I think CHCCS requires proof of residency, such as a power bill or water bill for the address in your name. If you just have a few finishing touches, but are receiving mail there, and could show a power bill or water bill that would probably work, but if you're just framing and don't have proof of residency then I don't think that would work. Alternately you could rent an apartment in the school zone while you finish it, but I don't think it would work to just say you were building a house.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I don't know specifically about CHCCS, but in our last school district as long as you had a contract, you were allowed to attend the school in that district. My friends built a house and they just had to show the contract they had with the builder as proof. That was in NoVA, though, so it's not unheard of. Probably worth calling on Monday, although I find it's sometimes difficult to get in touch with people at the Lincoln Center (the central registration office) and even harder to find the correct person to talk to. Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Well, maybe they would then, but I think CHCCS is pretty strict. There are a lot of people who would like to send their kid to school there and not live in the district, and they keep a pretty sharp eye out for folks trying to scam the system.

Here's their proof of residency requirements as noted on their website:

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http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/site_res_...serGroupType=G
Acceptable Proofs of Residency (must be in the name of the parent or legal guardian)
Current lease or rental agreement
Settlement statement, final sales contract or contract to purchase with occupancy date
Current Orange County property tax bill (motor vehicle tax bills are not acceptable)
Complete gas, water or power bill or activation dated within the past 60 days
So I guess if you have a contract from your builder with an occupancy date that they accept that might work.

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