This means that students who have intradistrict transfers to Eader,
Hawes or Moffett elementary schools will attend Sowers Middle School,
although they may actually reside within the Dwyer Middle School
attendance area. The same is true for students who have intradistrict
transfers to Huntington Seacliff, Perry or Smith schools. They will
attend Dwyer Middle School.
The change would affect only 13 children who are on open enrollment
transfers within the district at the present time. Other students who
don't live in the attendance area of the middle school they wish to
attend will still have to go through the open enrollment process.
"I think it's a positive move that shows the district is responding to
the community," Trustee Shirley Carey said. "It certainly will resolve it
for this year and next, but we still have to look long term."
The open enrollment process, which has upset some parents for about 10
years, became problematic when the schools began filling up. Some
residents, mostly from the Landmark tract between Adams and Yorktown
avenues and Newland and Magnolia streets, apply for intradistrict
transfers to Sowers each year.
Their neighborhood schools are Moffett Elementary School and Dwyer
Middle School. Some of the parents in the neighborhood don't want to
separate their kids from friends who will attend Sowers next year.
Further, they have concerns about children having to cross Beach
Boulevard to get to Dwyer Middle School. Years ago, rumors sprang up that
the transfers out of Dwyer -- a more racially diverse school -- were
racially motivated. However, evidence was never produced, and talk of
racial issues has died down over the years.
Still, some parents were agitated when they learned their children's
transfer could be turned down in favor of students outside the district.
According to state guidelines, intradistrict transfers are allowed to go
on to the feeder school without another transfer.
So far, district officials have been able to accommodate students each
year the problem has surfaced, including last year. But district