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Beaufort County closes some schools to new transfer students

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Limited money and limited resources have become the norm in your child's classroom. But add even more students to the mix, and their teacher's job just got a whole lot tougher.

"Textbooks, papers, professional development money [is limited] so the more kids we put in there, that stretches it even thinner," says Ashley Padgett, a former teacher and the curriculum coordinator for Beaufort County Schools.

While most rural schools in Beaufort County have seats to spare, nearly every school in the town of Washington is overcrowded.

"The thing we see more often is that there are issues with where the parents work," says BCS Superintendent Don Phipps. "And they are some hardship cases that we deal with and it's more convenient for the parents to have their children close to them where they work."

Phipps says the influx of transfer students is not fair to the children who actually live in their assigned school district.

"What you end up seeing are more students in classrooms, more students that are vying for the different resources and the different opportunities that exist within a school," he says.

So Phipps created a new policy for next year that says when a school reaches 90 percent capacity, it will no longer accept new transfer students.

Seven schools are already closed to requests, including Washington High School, P.S. Jones Middle School, John Small Elementary School, John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School, Eastern Elementary School, Bath Elementary School and Chocowinity Middle School.

But Phipps says not to worry – this new policy only applies to new transfers, not students who transferred outside their district years ago. He says they will consider exceptions on a case by case basis, especially when siblings are involved.

"We'll be kind of closing the door on any new transfer requests that come in that are simply for convenience sake," he says.

To read the transfer policy for your child's school, find your county on the list below and click on the link.

Beaufort County:

http://www.beaufort.k12.nc.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/603856/File/4000%20%20111710.pdf?sessionid=2ce78b56b26b6bd132411cf7929453ee 

 Pitt County:

http://www.pitt.k12.nc.us/cms/lib6/NC01001178/Centricity/Domain/38/10.111_Student_Transfers_within_Pitt_County_Schools%20022012%20Fina.pdf 

Wayne County:

http://www.waynecountyschools.org/Page/565 

Lenoir County:

http://policy.microscribepub.com/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=348306191&headingswithhits=on&hitsperheading=on&infobase=lenoir.nfo&jump=4150&softpage=PL_frame#JUMPDEST_4150

Martin County: (Speciifically Release and Acceptance Policy)

http://martin.sharpschool.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_58567/File/Guideline%20Policy%2011-12.pdf 

 Craven County:

http://www.craven.k12.nc.us/index.php/parents/school-choice-information 

Pamlico County (School Release Request):

http://www.pamlico.k12.nc.us/www/PCSNC/site/hosting/Parents/Pamlico_County_Schools_Release_Request%20fillable.pdf 

Carteret County (4000 Series: 4115, 4120, 4150, 4152, 4210):

http://www.carteretcountyschools.org/pmanual

Hyde County (Policy Code 4115):

http://policy.microscribepub.com/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=477179025&headingswithhits=on&hitsperheading=on&infobase=hyde.nfo&jump=4115&softpage=PL_frame#JUMPDEST_4115

Bertie County (4000 Series, specifically 4045-4055):

http://www.bertie.k12.nc.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=12242485 

Washington County:

http://www.washingtonco.k12.nc.us/files/_naHQQ_/b84282421fdb53d93745a49013852ec4/Policy_4150.pdf 

Dare County:

http://www.darecountyschoolsonline.com/moxie/bm~doc/4130.pdf 

Onslow County:

http://onslowcounty.schoolinsites.com/?PN=Pages&SubP=Level1Page&L=1&DivisionID=2551&PageID=3935&ToggleSideNav=ShowAll

Wilson County:

http://www.wcschools.com/education/page/download.php?fileinfo=U3R1ZGVudF9UcmFuc2Zlcl9Gb3JtXzEzLTE0LnBkZjo6Oi93d3cxMC9zY2hvb2xzL3RuL3dpbHNvbi9pbWFnZXMvZG9jbWdyLzEwNDUwX2ZpbGVfMTgxNTZfbW9kXzEzNjUxODcwNDUucGRm&sectiondetailid=8807 

 

 

 

 

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