The Moore American


August 25, 2010

Transfer policy causes confusion

Athletics affected by new Moore School Board policy that was voted in last spring

MOORE — Susan Pierce has heard the rumblings. The Moore School District Superintendent knows not everyone is happy with a new transfer policy that was voted in a few months ago by the school board.

However, Pierce defended the new policy saying it was done to benefit the students of the Moore School District.

“Anytime you implement a policy you don’t really know what the effect will be until you enforce that policy,” Pierce said. “We think we will know what the outcome will be and we will work toward that. But we’re keeping an open mind and looking at all the situations and evaluating what the outcome will be.”

In the spring, the District School Board passed School Board Policy #7075, which is located within the student section of board policies. It allows students who live in one school’s district to transfer to another school without penalty for non athletic reasons.

Some believe the policy is a continuation of the open enrollment the district had in place two years ago. But district Athletics Director Carl Franks said that is not the case.

“We felt like taking a look at the policy we had in place previously was needed based on the fact that we were in a situation where our student athletes within the district were being restricted more so than students transferring from outside the district,” Franks said. “This gave us an opportunity to look at it and see some of the different things we could implement and put into our policy that would give our student athletes a little more freedom when it does comes to those situation when you are speaking of transfers.”

The results of policy #7075 have already begun to show as several student-athletes from Moore High are enrolled at Southmoore. They include a basketball player and three runners.

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