School board to discuss student transfer policy

By Bryan Richardson

Staff reports

The USD 383 Board of Education will take final action on a student transfer policy at its meeting, which starts at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center.

The school board has been addressing the student transfer policy as a part of redistricting, with a focus on students about to enter their last year of elementary or middle school.

At the Feb. 16 school board meeting, the board voted 5-2 to let 10 seventh grade students stay at the current middle schools. Board president Doug Messer and Pete Paukstelis dissented because the 44 fifth-grade students changing schools wouldn’t have the option to go back to their old school.

They thought it was unfair to not give those fifth-grade students the opportunity to transfer back to their original schools while others including out-of-district students would have the opportunity. More information on out-of-district transfers will be presented at the meeting.

The academic calendar will undergo a first reading. It would be a similar calendar to this year’s including maintaining the extra minutes added to the school day due to school construction shortening the calendar.

The first day of school would be Tuesday, Aug. 21. The last day would take place on Thursday, May 23. Inclement weather days, if needed, would be Saturday, May 18, and Friday, May 24.

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