New transfer policy has ‘grandfather’ clause

A policy designed to limit the permissible reasons for attendance area transfers in the Warren County School District will grandfather some students in, according to district officials.

“What happens to the students that are presently attending schools outside their attendance area?” board member Tom Knapp asked during Monday evening’s meeting of the school board.

Acting Superintendent Amy Stewart said that this policy has generated “lots of conversation.” She explained that the district currently has several types of transfers in place, some of which are “life-long” in nature.

“We would let those students finish,” she said, honoring promises previously made. Regarding year-to-year transfers, administration may “make maybe different decisions going forward than we would now.”

She explained there are students who live in “gray areas,” such as North Warren, Jackson Run Road, the Red Oak Campground and across the Glade Bridge where buses go to two different schools. She said the revised policy would let families “finish out… that have gone to one area.”

Knapp asked whether transfers where a student’s parents provide transportation to a school outside of their home attendance area would be permitted. Stewart said it would depend on whether the transfer is life-long or year to year.

“We gave lifetime transfers for that reason,” Knapp said, explaining that parents expressed a desire for their children to attend a certain school.

Stewart said Director of Pupil Services Patricia Hawley-Horner has reviewed all of those situations.

The board unanimously approved the policy.

Under the new policy, which still must be approved on second reading, attendance area transfers will only be permitted when a student’s legal residence changes and that student wants to remain in his or her school for the duration of the academic year or when specifically called for in a student’s Individualized Education Plan.

Several other reasons, such as to take a course in a prescribed course of study, transfer for disciplinary, physical or psychological concerns, or a child “whose parent or guardian shows an extreme hardship in providing child care” would no longer be permissible under this proposal.