USD 383 Board to vote on transfer policy

By Bryan Richardson

The USD 383 school board will seek final approval of the district’s transfer policy at its meeting Wednesday, which starts at 5:45 p.m. at the Robinson Education Center.

The board tabled the issue at the March 7 meeting. The transfer policy is being addressed due to the redistricting efforts made for the 2012-13 school year. It will be considered a one-year policy.

The board accepted a first reading of the policy, which allows the 10 reassigned seventh grade students to stay at their schools next year, at the Feb. 15 school board meeting by a 5-2 margin.

Board president Doug Messer and Pete Paukstelis dissented because fifth grade students being reassigned wouldn’t have a chance to stay at their current school while others in their view would have the opportunity.

The administration clarified at the March 7 meeting that no students being redistricted — other than the 10 seventh grade students — would be able to transfer next year. This interpretation brought more opposition to the policy from other board members, leading to the issue being tabled.

The administration said it would provide clearer policy wording at Wednesday’s meeting.

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