Students transfers concerning Starkville schools

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — The Starkville school system is working on policy to deal with an expected influx of students from Oktibbeha County which is under state conservatorship.

The Starkville Daily News reports that Jayne Sargent, the conservator of the county schools, has said she will allow county students to transfer. Under state law, both the departing and receiving school systems must sign off on the transfer.

Starkville superintendent Lewis Holloway told board members this week that accepting transfer students would increase costs.

School board members delayed any decision on a policy on transfers and will review the issue at their Dec. 4 meeting.

School Board President Keith Coble says he wants the board to cautious about how it proceeds.

County Supervisor Orlando Trainer had sought approval for his children to transfer to the city schools. He said the county was willing to discuss with Holloway and city board members about how to handle transfers.

“I wish I could request legal transfer for all children,” Trainer said. “This is by far the No. 1 priority of this community. We don’t want (Starkville) to lose track of where it is, but we understand (the transfer situation) is a major item to consider,” he said.

Trainer said the issue also would be discussed by the board of supervisors.

Starkville School Board member Eric Heiselt initially proposed denying Trainer’s request but rescinded his motion before the board could vote.

“There are a lot of parents waiting to hear about what our decision will be,” Heiselt said.