Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 19, 2013

State groups force criteria on BCSC

The Batesville Community School Corp. could see an influx of students based on recent actions by the state Legislature and Indiana High School Athletic Association, trustees learned July 15.

Students wanting to transfer to BCSC from other districts can no longer be cherry-picked, superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts announced. In the past, administrators first looked at whether there was room for a student in a certain grade or course, then studied the student’s academic, behavior and attendance records before making a decision. The Legislature told the Indiana Department of Education that school systems are not allowed to set their own criteria.

He explained, “If transfers are allowed by the school district, the only way not to accept a transfer student is to max out your capacity” set by grade or class subject. If there are more applicants than spots, “then we have a lottery.”

Roberts added, “There are some behavior components where we’re allowed to not have the student enrolled here.” Officials can look at a student’s record during the past 12 months. He or she can be rejected if suspended or expelled for 10 or more school days; in possession of a firearm or deadly device; caused physical injury to a student, staff or visitor; or violated a school’s drug and alcohol rules.

Trustees will study suggested language by consultant NEOLA and decided to accept transfer requests until Aug. 9.

Trustee Dr. Steve Stein asked, “What about siblings” of transfer students already accepted? Roberts said transfer applicants are automatically approved if they used to attend school here, if they are siblings of students already attending BCSC or if their parents work for the corporation.

Chris Lowery, who was sworn in for his third trustee term and re-elected as board president, was offended by the new rule. “It takes the control out of the hands of the people who have been managing the corporation really well.”

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