More than 100 attend meeting to protest transfer policy change

Around 150 parents, grandparents and students attended a meeting at the former Branding Iron Steakhouse restaurant in Lake to discuss the Newton County School Board's recent decision to alter its transfer policy for the 2017-18 school year.

The board voted to change the policy at its March 9 meeting and the district sent letters to parents of students in Newton County who had been attending schools in Union, Lake and Sebastopol stating that the NCSD would not grant transfers for the upcoming school year unless they fell within a legally recognized exception. The change is estimated to impact more than 80 students who live near Union, Lake and Sebastopol.

Ken Crobsy, one of the organizers of the meeting, said that members of each community have been chosen to argue their cause at the NCSB’s next regular meeting at 6 p.m. April 10 in the Newton County High School gym.

Scott County School Board member Wayne Cooksey, who also spoke at the meeting, said that if the issue isn’t resolved at the April 10 meeting, his board could take the case to court.

Look for the full story in the March 22 edition of the Appeal.