Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2008

Transfers in school district are talked

May 15, 2008

Come June 2, the Baldwin School Board could adopt a new policy regarding the transportation of students wishing to transfer within or into the school district.

A proposed policy was presented at Monday's school board meeting during new business. Following a brief discussion, the board tabled the item until June 2.

"Presently, we do not have a policy for in-district transfers or what we are referring to as resident transfers," Supt. Paul Dorathy said. "This is a brand new policy being proposed. There are a few revisions to the out-of-district student or non-resident policy.

"The good thing is between now and June 2, the board can do a lot of analyzing of that policy and decide if that's a direction they want to go," he said. "Parents also have time to give the board input even at the June 2 meeting."

The newly proposed policy will still allow students to transfer within the district to a different elementary school. It will also still allow out-of-district students to join the Baldwin district. Any student wanting to do either of those will have to be approved by the building principal.

However, the major change from the current practice will be in transportation. The in-district or resident students that want to transfer out of their elementary attendance boundary to another school are being bussed to their schools this year.

The new policy calls for their transportation to be halted. Dorathy said those students will not be allowed district transportation before school or after school. He said some of those students now have to leave school early to catch a bus back to the attendance center that they live nearest. The decision to change the current practice and make it a policy came after careful discussions with parents and district employees.

"That's an issue that went back to our meetings with the parents way back in the fall, the surveys that parents returned to us and that was a recommendation by the transportation director and our principals," Dorathy said. "There were a lot of people involved with the recommendation on that policy."

Transportation changes were also a part of the policy for out-of-district students. The new policy would require them to be picked up at a bus stop in the attendance boundary for the school they wish to attend. Dorathy gave an example of a student living west of the district wanting to attend Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center. That student would have to be dropped off at a bus stop inside the BESPC's boundary, instead of being dropped of at a bus stop near Marion Springs Elementary School.

The policy will be discussed at the June 2 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the district office.

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