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Richmond County school choice deadline approaches

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 6:00 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 1:19 AM
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The deadline is approaching for Richmond County students to take advantage of a 2009 school choice law that allows them to
transfer schools for the 2012-13 academic year.

Under House Bill 251, students can switch outside of their designated attendance zones and into any other school with an enrollment below 85 percent capacity.

In Richmond County, 16 elementary, four middle and six high schools are eligible based on capacity.

Parents must submit school choice applications to the district before March 9. Transfers will be granted on a lottery basis if the applications exceed the number of seats available at a school, according to a letter from acting Superintendent James Whitson.

If students transfer outside their attendance zones, the law requires the family to be responsible for all costs related to transportation between home and school.

Richmond County is also under a federal desegregation order from 1972 that eliminated the dual school system structure based on race. Since the state school choice law was passed, no transfer can interfere with the enforcement of the desegregation order.

The school system has to approve transfers to be consistent with the desegregation order, according to Whitson’s letter.


The following Richmond County schools have space to accept transfer students under a 2009 state school choice law:

ELEMENTARY: A. Brian Merry, Barton Chapel, Blythe, Craig-Houghton, Garrett, Hephzibah, Jamestown, Jenkins-White Charter, Monte Sano, National Hills, Rollins, Terrace Manor, Wheeless Road, Wilkinson Gardens, Willis Foreman, W.S. Hornsby K-8

MIDDLE: Hephzibah, Morgan Road, Murphey, Spirit Creek

HIGH: Academy of Richmond County, Butler, Hephzibah, Josey, Laney, Westside

Access the transfer application at

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 02/21/12 - 02:52 am
Let me get this straight: The

Let me get this straight: The RCBOE continues to operate under the mandates imposed by a 1972 federal desegregation order. You're kidding.

Is there an older federal desegregation order in the U.S.?

stupid 02/21/12 - 01:56 pm
Will take a look at who is

Will take a look at who is making that statement!! He is the one that should be gone from RC. Schools are not the best in Richmond so what does it matter.

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