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Boyd ISD eyes transfer policy changes

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
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With a 595-home addition expected to break ground on Cemetery Road in the next two years, Boyd ISD is continuing to look at its transfer policy.

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said after Monday’s school board meeting that he will continue talking with attorneys and policy consultants on adjusting the district’s policy to meet its needs.

“We want to get parameters in place where, if we get more residents moving into the district, we can make sure we can accommodate our residents,” West said. “We want to make sure transfers are not pushing us over the threshold where we have to hire staff.”

West suggested any changes will not be a major departure from the current procedures. Administrators currently take into account student enrollment numbers when reviewing transfer applications.

“We have put students on hold before,” West said. “What we are looking for are more formal procedures so the board and community can see what we have in place. We want to be as transparent as possible.”

School Board President Bill Childress said the parameters will help the district make decisions on if it can accommodate transfers.

“The whole thing is for us to get our ducks in a row before [Spring Hill South] is developed and we have a large increase in enrollment,” Childress said. “We want to keep us from automatically being in portables and to ensure that the students that live in the district are in a classroom.”

In other business, trustees approved the 2019-20 calendar. Classes will start Aug. 15 and the last day of school will be May 21.

Students will get the full week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-29, off. The winter break is Dec. 23 to Jan. 7 with the first semester ending Dec. 20. Spring break is March 16-20.

West said the calendar exceeds the mandated 75,600 minutes with a total of 174 instructional days.

“There’s five additional days built in. We wanted more instructional time for our students,” West said.

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