School trans­fer bill pro­ce­dures an­nounced

The Covington News - - FROM FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

Par­ents who wish for their chil­dren to at­tend a dif­fer­ent school in the fall may now be able to do so.

The New­ton County School Sys­tem iden­ti­fied eight schools as po­ten­tially el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive stu­dents whose par­ents want to trans­fer their child un­der the pro­vi­sions of House Bill 251.

Af­ter re­view­ing guide­lines pro­vided by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, East New­ton El­e­men­tary, Heard-Mixon El­e­men­tary, Liv­ingston El­e­men­tary, Mans­field El­e­men­tary, Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary, Por­terdale El­e­men­tary, Cle­ments Mid­dle and Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle schools were cho- sen by NCSS. No slots were avail­able at the district’s three pub­lic high schools for the 2014-2015 school year.

HB 251 al­lows Ge­or­gia par­ents to re­quest to trans­fer their stu­dents to a dif­fer­ent school in the district as long as there is space in the class­room af­ter its as­signed stu­dents have been en­rolled. A stu­dent who trans­fers to an­other school un­der the guide­lines of this statute may con­tinue to at­tend that school un­til all grades are com­pleted.

Par­ents elect­ing to use the choice op­tion un­der HB 251 must cover all costs and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the child’s trans­porta­tion to and from the selected school. Par­ents must com­plete an NCSS HB 215 Trans­fer Re­quest form and sub­mit it ei­ther by hand de­liv­ery to the re­cep­tion­ist at the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, lo­cated at 2109 New­ton Drive NE, Cov­ing­ton, or by fac to 770784-4969.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is 5 p.m. Mon­day, July 14.

If the num­ber of trans­fer re­quests ex­ceeds the al­lot­ted seats avail­able, open­ings will be filled by a pub­lic ran­dom lot­tery. Letters of ac­cep­tance or de­nial will be mailed to par­ents no later than July 18.

The form is posted and avail­able for down­load on the NCSS web­site’s home­page.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the NCSS Depart­ment of Stu­dent Ser­vices at 770-787-1330 ext. 1205.

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