NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - About 25,000 students are currently enrolled in New Hanover County Schools, so it's not surprising that not every family gets what it wants when it comes to school transfer requests. We wanted to find out how many parents see success and how many are sent home frustrated.
Dr. Rick Holliday is the assistant superintendent for support services. He outlined the guidelines for transfer due to hardship. There are only eight acceptable reasons for transfer, based on the school system's rules.
Mindy Phillips is the mother of an eleven-year-old who found out the hard way that parents don't always get what they want.
"Our house is about five-tenths of a mile from Noble, and now he's having to go to Trask which is about five miles away," said Phillips.
She filled out an application requesting that her son be transferred to Noble for the coming school year, as he makes the transition to middle school. Her request was denied.
"Location of the school, if it's an assigned school in a particular district, is not a reason for transfer," said Dr. Holliday.
Phillips appealed the decision and was denied again. She also appeared before the school board but said she saw little interest or sympathy.
School leaders say they do their best to accommodate parents, so we wanted to see how many transfer requests are actually approved. For the coming school year, out of 222 requests, 133 were approved. 89 were denied. That means 40 percent of parents didn't get what they wanted.
Aside from transfers due to hardship, there are many other ways parents can try to enroll in certain schools. When open enrollment, lottery programs, AYP options, school employee benefits, and other options are included along with transfers due to hardship, the success rate is a little better.
Of the more than 3,000 applications for specific schools received this year, more than 2,000 were approved. That's about 70 percent of the applications.
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