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School transfer requests due by May 30

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Parents requesting their student(s) be allowed to attend a school outside their assigned district must have requests into the board of education by May 30.

According to board policy 6210, which was revised at the board of education’s meeting Tuesday, the board will grant transfer requests for the following reasons: students desiring services or programs not offered at the student’s assigned school; a family requesting their student(s) remain at the same school for the remainder of the year following a physical move and change of address; achievement or behavior issues, which would be resolved by a transfer; or a student who’s parent or legal guardian is employed by the school district and wishes to attend a school in the area where the parent or legal guardian is employed.

The board will also consider transfer requests based on personal hardships on an individual case-by-case basis.

Superintendent Katie McGee said the board will try to accommodate students affected by the recent redistricting lines, and consider allowing up and coming eighth-grade students to remain in their current schools for the eighth-grade year.

Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said the board has also had requests for students at Waccamaw School affected by the redistricting to remain at Waccamaw. The board will reconvene at 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 13, to further discuss Waccamaw’s redistricting.

Steve Miley, executive director of operations, requested the board amend the policy to include if a student transfers schools for a personal reason, personal transportation will be provided. This does not include students attending a school of choice, Brunswick County Academy, the Transition Academy or Early College High School.

According to the policy, exceptions will be granted by the superintendent.