Columbia School Board discusses new attendance maps and student transfer processes

Columbia School Board meeting

The Columbia Public School Board planned to discuss two proposals that could possibly help the overcrowding issue in public schools, Monday night.

The board will open up the conversation to the public about a revised attendance area map and a student transfer procedure that could impact over 2,000 students.

One proposal includes the map known as “option two” which maintains feeder patterns by feeding certain middle schools into specific high schools in the area.

When originally presented in December, the map had students in the Rock Bridge, Rock Bridge Meadows, Greenbriar and other neighborhoods staying at Jefferson Middle School then feeding into Hickman High School.

The revised map moved those students to Gentry Middle School and allowed them to remain at Rock Bridge High School.

According to documents prepared for the board’s Monday meeting, this decision of the revised areas was made based on location.

Also discussed on Monday included a transfer policy for incoming eighth-graders and high school students.

The board documents state that the proposal would allow high school sophomores and juniors in the 2019-20 school year to stay at their current schools for the remainder of their high school careers.

As well as the students entering eighth grade in 2019-2020 would then move to their new high school for the 2020-21 school year. This is also informally known as "grandfathering them in."

Monday night, the board will decide between immediate implementation or a gradual phase-in.

If the board goes with an immediate implementation, freshman in the 2019-20 school year would have to switch high schools beginning their sophomore year.

According to board documents, the transfer process could impact over 2,000 students in the area.

The board meeting was set for Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.

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