Student transfer policy to headline school board meeting

By The Mercury

The USD 383 school board will discuss student transfer policy and procedures at Wednesday’s meeting.

The discussion was born out of the redistricting plan the board finalized at its Feb. 1 meeting. During that meeting, two groups of students were referenced, 7th grade students changing middle schools for their 8th grade year and 5th graders changing elementary schools for their 6th grade year.

During redistricting for the opening of Bluemont Elementary School in 2007, 7th graders were given the opportunity to remain at their middle school. Fifth grade students were not allowed to remain at the elementary school they attended their 5th grade year for 6th grade.

For the 2012-13 school year, there would be 44 fifth grade students and 10 seventh grade students who would change schools.

The board will need to consider resident student transfers (in-district transfers) and non-resident transfers (out-of-district transfers). Transfer requests assist the district in managing class sizes. Typically, elementary school principals meet one week before school begins to consider resident student and non-resident student transfers. Middle schools also follow the same procedure.

A number of considerations are used when making decisions about transfers. For resident transfers they include: children of district employees who are employed at the building, children with successful attendance and children with unique individual needs such as childcare before and after school. All other resident transfers are considered after those circumstances. For non-resident transfers, they include: children of district employees and children with successful attendance. All other non-resident transfers are considered after those circumstances.

Administrators are recommending using those same considerations for the fall of 2012. Additionally, they recommend 7th grade students remain at the same middle school for their 8th grade year and 5th grade students attend schools as assigned in the redistricting plan for their 6th grade year.

Resident and non-resident transfers are responsible for their own transportation, therefore there is no additional cost to the district.

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