Parents appeal school assignment decisions

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

Reaves said the system had received about 1,200 requests for students to attend school outside their home districts for the upcoming 2013-14 school year. Of those, about 60 percent have been approved by staff, he said.

Of the 40 percent of requests that have been denied, about 125 were appealed to Mills. Of those, Mills denied about 35 to 40, Reaves said.

The 15 appeals heard Monday arose from among those 35 to 40 denials, school system leaders said.

Early on Monday afternoon, several of the parents appealing were from the Havelock area where elementary schools serve a population with a heavy military connection.

Service members’ children have to move often enough because of military reassignments, said one Havelock mother, who said her 7-year-old son was just “beginning to love to read,” but was being reassigned from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary.

“He’s going to have to move again in 18 months anyway,” she said, adding that parents were not given sufficient time to explore private school alternatives.

Brewer’s choice for her daughter, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was because of the year-round calendar, which is also available at Havelock Elementary. But she said the experience she and her daughter had when touring the two schools before enrolling two years ago “were polar opposites.”

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