SJSD Board Approves School Transfer Policy

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 05/12 2014 11:31PM

Updated 05/13 2014 07:10AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District Board of Education approved a new school transfer policy Monday night that they hope will assist families caught in redistricting due to the upcoming opening of two new elementary schools.

Because some families are not happy about being moved into a new district, and other families not happy about having no opportunity to have their children attend a new school, the board felt the need for action.

In a unanimous vote, the board decided to allow 6th graders to complete their grade school education at the schools they have previously attended and not move to a new school if they so choose. There are seven schools affected by new district lines. Fifth graders at Bessie Ellison would also have the option of remaining at that school. However, younger siblings of a sixth grader would not get the exemption from transferring schools.

There is a concern that if the transfer policy is more lenient it would create overcrowding in some of the classrooms.

While school bus transportation will not be provided from home-to-school for students wanting to remain at their schools, students affected by the change would be allowed to get on a school bus at a location on the school bus regular route if there is room on the bus.

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