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Parent School Choice Notification

School Choice - School Choice Request Form.pdf

School Choice - Parent School Choice Notification.pdf
School Choice - HB 251 Public School Choice Framework.pdf

 Decatur County Schools
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Parent School Choice Notification
School Choice Week: April 27 - May 1, 2015

April 6, 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As the parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in our school district, we are writing to notify you that under state law HB 251, you may request to transfer your child to another public school in the Decatur County School District for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

Parent Responsibilities:
As a parent or guardian, you may request to have your child transferred to another public school within your school district of residence as long as the school district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. Please keep in mind that if you choose to transfer your child to another school in the district, the law requires you to assume all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of your child to and from the school for as long as your child remains at that school.

For your convenience, the district’s schools with available classroom space for the upcoming school year are Elcan-King Elementary School, John Johnson Elementary School, Jones Wheat Elementary School, Potter Street Elementary School and West Bainbridge Elementary School. In order to process your request, you will need to complete and submit the “School Choice Request Form” to Dr. Linda B. Lumpkin at the Central Office. The form and guidelines are available on our website (www.dcboe.com) or can be picked up at the Central Office. School Choice Week for Decatur County Schools will be
April 27 – May 1, 2015. Parent requests for school choice under HB 251 will not be accepted after the close of business (4:00 p.m.) on May 1, 2015.

School choice requests will be reviewed and approved or denied on the basis of a lottery in the event a particular school has available space but the number of transfer requests exceeds the remaining available capacity. Once available classroom space is reached at a school, no more school choice requests will be accepted for that school. All current School Choice students are grandfathered under this law unless the parent or guardian has failed to meet the parental responsibilities.

If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the Human Resources Department.


Linda B. Lumpkin, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent

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