Changes proposed to Charleston County schools' voluntary transfer procedures
Charleston County school leaders are looking at changing the rules on how students transfer schools.
The school district will hold three public meetings on the issue, the first of which will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Cario Middle, 3500 Thomas Cario Blvd., in Mount Pleasant.
The district's voluntary transfer process has been implemented inconsistently across the county, and school leaders want to institute new, more consistent regulations about how that happens.
The biggest change would be a definitive timeline for applications, rather than parents being able to apply year-round, as well as a waiting list and lottery for schools where applications exceed available spaces.
The proposal doesn't affect the district's policy on transfers, which spells out the reasons for which parents can request transfers. This change would affect the way the district processes those requests, which have numbered more than 1,100 each of the past couple of years.
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