House Bill 251 procedures for school choice announced
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.