CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Despite protests from George Washington High School students and administrators, the Kanawha County school board is unlikely to reverse a ban on out-of-area transfers to the South Hills school.
Board President Pete Thaw said Tuesday he wants the board to discuss lifting the moratorium at the May 17 regular meeting. He'll suggest that at a May 7 meeting on curriculum.
However, he's confident he'll be the only board member in favor of having the discussion.
"It's going to get defeated," Thaw said in a phone interview. "I don't have the votes."
In January, Superintendent Ron Duerring announced there would be a moratorium on transfers to the school to address overcrowding and rising student-teacher ratios.
Although Thaw said he originally favored the moratorium, he said he's had a "reversal of opinion" about stopping students from transferring to the school.
"I believe any student in Kanawha County ought to have the right to go to any school they please," he said.
While Thaw has had a change of heart, he said fellow board member Becky Jordan "and her tribe" are against discussing the moratorium.
Jordan thinks discussing the moratorium would be akin to micromanaging and infringing on Duerring's duties.
"That's not a board decision," Jordan said. "That's between Ron Duerring and (GW Principal) George Aulenbacher."
A parent of three children who have attended GW, Jordan said she's heard many people in the community say they favor the moratorium. While she is neither for nor against it, she trusts Duerring to do what's best for the school.
He was informed last year during a Local School Improvement Council meeting that the school was crowded, she said.
"What's he supposed to do?" she asked.