District reviews transfer policy

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Boyd ISD is reviewing its options to amend its interdistrict transfer criteria.

With the prospect of rapid growth in enrollment over the next few years as the Spring Hill South development starts, trustees want to look at the district’s current policy.

The district has accepted transfers over the past few years. The district currently has 191 transfers, including 22 seniors.

While the district is reviewing its options, Superintendent Ted West said current transfers are “grandfathered in” and will be allowed to stay in the district as long as grade and conduct criteria are met. Transfers must reapply every year. He added that the district is currently in its traditional spring moratorium where it does not accept transfers.

Children or students under the guardianship of Boyd ISD faculty members would be allowed to transfer into the district.

Trustees expressed concern about having to move students into portable buildings in the future, while continuing to accept transfers.

“We know we’re going to be looking at substantial growth,” said School Board President Bill Childress. “It would be hard to look at the community and put local students in portables, while still accepting transfers. We want to look at the people that live in the district first and make the right preparations.”

The discussion at the Feb. 11 school board meeting included setting a limit on the number of transfer students.

West said he will be getting direction from the district’s legal counsel.

“We’ve got to make sure the process is the same for everyone and make sure we stay legal,” West said. “I’ll talk with our policy consultants to make sure we stay in good legal standing and make sure we’re not discriminating against anyone.”

West told trustees he would bring the item back to them in March.

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