House Bill 251 pro­ce­dures for school choice an­nounced

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Af­ter re­view­ing guide­lines pro­vided by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, the New­ton County School Sys­tem has iden­ti­fied eight schools as po­ten­tially el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive stu­dents whose par­ents wish to trans­fer their child un­der the pro­vi­sions of House Bill 251.

Those schools are: East New­ton Ele­men­tary School; Heard-Mixon Ele­men­tary School; Liv­ingston Ele­men­tary School; Mans­field Ele­men­tary School; Mid­dle Ridge Ele­men­tary School; Por­terdale Ele­men­tary School; Cle­ments Mid­dle School; and Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School. No slots are avail­able at the dis­trict’s three high schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

The statute al­lows Ge­or­gia par­ents to re­quest to trans­fer their stu­dents to other schools in the dis­trict as long as there is class­room space avail­able at the school af­ter its as­signed stu­dents have been en­rolled. A stu­dent who trans­fers to another school pur­suant to this law may elect to con­tinue to at­tend such school un­til the stu­dent com­pletes all grades of the school.

Par­ents elect­ing to ex­er­cise the choice op­tion un­der HB 251 will as­sume all costs and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with trans­port­ing the child to and from the se­lected school, if the re­quest is granted. Par­ents must com­plete an NCSS HB 251 Trans­fer Re­quest Form and sub­mit ei­ther by hand de­liv­ery to the re­cep­tion­ist at the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, lo­cated at 2109 New­ton Drive NE, Cov­ing­ton OR by fax to 770-784-4969. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is 5 p.m., Mon­day, July 13, 2015. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit new­ton­coun­tyschools.org.

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