The Jackson County Board of Education changed its policy Monday night regarding out-of-district students attending the system’s schools by removing a total ban that had been in place for the last decade.
Now students who don’t live in the system’s district will be allowed to attend Jackson County schools, but only in limited circumstances. Out-of-district students can only attend a school in the system where classroom space is available and whose attendance wouldn’t cause the system to have to hire more teachers.
The practical impact of the new policy will mostly affect the system’s east side schools where classroom space is more available than on the west side. The school that is likely to see the most impact from the new policy is East Jackson Comprehensive High School, which has a large number of empty classrooms.
Among other details of the new policy, students will have to apply each year to attend the system and won’t be guaranteed placement from year to year since in-district students will continue to have priority.
In addition, students who have exhibited behavior problems at another school won’t be allowed into the system and students attending the JCSS are on a conditional basis of good behavior.
Transportation to a JCSS of an out-of-district student will be the responsibility of the student and parents. The JCSS also reserves the right to charge tuition, although officials said they don’t see the need to do that presently.
Some 17 out-of-district students have indicated to school officials they want to attend a school in the JCSS.
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