School district plan has some parents upset

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM.

A change may be needed, but many parents think it is coming too quickly and without a chance for them to weigh in or prepare.

School administration is awaiting a clean copy of the state association policy with the changes incorporated, Jennifer Wagner, public affairs coordinator, said Tuesday.

“I’m upset,” said Joan Roig of New Bern, whose child is expected to change elementary schools from Bangert to Trent Park in New Bern. “It seems like they have known about this for a long time but letting us know after school is out doesn’t even allow us time to apply for private school. It seems like a deceitful and underhanded way of doing business.

“They did not give parents enough notification and they are only giving five days to appeal. Our kids don’t even get a chance to say goodbye.”

Reaves said the second round of letters went out a week ago Wednesday and would have been received around Friday “but there is a right of appeal and parents can do so if they are not happy with the decision.”

Although five days is the printed deadline for appeal, he and administrative staff have not cut off appeals.

Strict adherence to the policy means that any out-of-district transfer is declined, but it grandfathers in fourth-, fifth-, seventh- and eighth-graders as well as rising juniors and seniors in high school, Reaves said.

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