Students can exercise school choice with transfers

COVINGTON -- Some students will be able to transfer to a different school than what they are assigned to next school year under a state law.

The Newton County School System announced Wednesday that six of its schools might be able to receive students who wish to exercise school choice under House Bill 251.

Through the bill, or the Quality Basic Education Act, which was signed into law in May 2009, Georgia parents can 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.

After reviewing guidelines provided by the Georgia Department of Education, NCSS identified East Newton Elementary School, Flint Hill Elementary School, Middle Ridge Elementary School, Porterdale Elementary School, Clements Middle School and Veterans Memorial Middle School as potentially eligible schools to receive transferred students.

Based on enrollment projections for next school year, NCSS will have 190 available slots.

East Newton Elementary School has 25 slots, including 10 in kindergarten and five each in second, third and fifth grades; Flint Hill Elementary has 60 slots total, or 10 in each kindergarten through fifth grades; Middle Ridge Elementary has 35 slots, including six in each kindergarten and first grade, five in third grade, eight in fourth grade and 10 in fifth grade; and Porterdale Elementary has 10 slots total, or five in each fourth and fifth grades.

Clements and Veterans Memorial middle schools each have 30 slots total, or 10 in each sixth through eighth grades.

No slots are available in the district's three high schools for the 2012- 2013 school year, according to NCSS.

A student who transfers to another school may continue to attend that school until the student completes all grades of the school.

Parents who transfer their child under the bill 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 a transfer request form, which is available for download at the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org, and return it by faxing it to 770-784-4969 or hand delivering it to the receptionist at the Newton County Board of Education, which is located at 2109 Newton Drive N.E. in Covington.

The deadline for submission is by 5:00 p.m. July 16.

Should the number of transfer requests for a school exceed the available capacity, a public lottery will be held to determine which students receive slots.

Letters will be mailed to parents regarding acceptance or denial of HB 251 transfer requests no later than July 19.

More information is available by contacting the NCSS department of Student Services at 770-787-1330, ext. 1212.


Frustrated 3 years, 5 months ago

So sad for the students at Alcovy. They have nowhere to transfer to get away from the mess going on. Hopefully they will get this all straighened out before the school year starts.


Billy 3 years, 5 months ago

Cesspool, Inc.--an almost impossible situation for parents with children at that school. I'd be praying night and day over my children, mostly for their safety. A close second is for them to get good grades and graduate. What a complete and total mess. My thanks to the principal...


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