Parents appeal school assignment decisions

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 08:54 AM.

Arlene Forton said she got a letter dated May 13 — but postmarked June 12 — on changed assignments for three children who had all attended Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School for their whole school careers.

“I responded the next day to Assistant Superintendent Reaves, and one was approved, but two were not,” she said. The oldest child will be going to Tucker Creek Middle School, the only year-round middle school in the district.

“We’ve been there so long, Arthur Edwards is our family,” Forton said. “We’re comfortable with the teachers and school, and they are heartbroken they can’t go back.”

Parents said the school system’s procedure on the policy implementation gave them little time to appeal their children’s reassignments.

They first took their concerns to key administrative staffers including Reaves, who was tapped to implement the district assignment policy. The school board agreed to tighten up its transfer policy May 16 to better conform to the North Carolina School Board Association and, Reaves said earlier, to even out school population numbers.

The new policy grandfathered in students in the last two grades of their respective elementary, middle or high school careers.

But there has been a loud outcry from parents of children affected by the move. Many said they did not want to be quoted by name for fear of reprisals against their children at schools to which they have been reassigned.

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