This is the second consecutive year that GW has been closed to transfers. Last year, superintendent Ron Deurring implemented a moratorium on out-of-area transfers to the school because of crowding.
That move was unpopular among students and administrators at GW, who say the influx of engaged transfer students is vital to its atmosphere and achievement. It was more popular with administrators at other schools, who had long worried about the tendency of their neighborhood's best students to leave the area to attend GW.
The school board has toyed with the idea of closing all the system's schools to out-of-area transfers, meaning all students would be forced to attend a school dictated by their address. Ultimately, though, the board has never elected to take that drastic measure, sticking instead with the county's longstanding open system.
Board member Jim Crawford, himself a former teacher, argued the school system owes the same courtesy to its longstanding policy to allow children of teachers to attend their parents' school.
"We've always accommodated teachers and their children if we need to," he said. "We need to support them."
"I have no issue, no problem honoring the request of teachers to do that ... until the school is at capacity," board member Robin Rector said. "But then I think it becomes a little stickier. If the school is at capacity, then it does feel like we're doing something we shouldn't do if we let them in."
She also worried about the long-term ramifications the move could have -- even if only the appearance of impropriety.
"I guess I'm just afraid that I'm going to hear that it's a recruitment tool for teachers at GW ... they'll say if you're a teacher at GW you get to bring your kid to GW so teachers will come."
The board took no action on the issue. Superintendent Deurring will consider the discussion as he considers the item moving forward, or return to them for further action at a later meeting.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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