Beaufort Co. school board changes transfer policy

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County School Board voted on changes to transfers on Saturday in an effort to balance enrollment.

The imbalance is in part due to student transfer requests and student reassignments, according to the school district.

The Beaufort County School Board voted that employee courtesy transfers be reviewed carefully to ensure compliance with procedures; they voted to reduce new programmatic transfers for a year; students who are at schools under programmatic transfers will be able to remain at their schools, according to the school district.

New programmatic transfer requests must meet criteria as specified on the transfer request form.

Options that will be honored for the 2011-2012 school year if the school's enrollment is less than 90 percent: Advanced Placement Scholars Program at Bluffton High School

International Baccalaureate Program at Hilton Head Island High School

The Early College Program at Whale Branch Early College High School

Tri-Academies Programs at Battery Creek High School

Montessori Programs at Beaufort Elementary School

AMES Program at Pritchardville Elementary School and Beaufort Elementary School

General transfer request/options that will continue to be honored for the 2011-2012 school year:

Majority to Minority

Senior Status (grades 5, 8, 12)

Completion of One Marking Period

Health Hardship

Employee Courtesy

Transfer requests received by March 1 will now be reviewed based on the board votes taken on March 19. They came to finish reviewing the requests by March 25, 2011.

A summary of board actions is online at

Copyright 2011 WTOC. All rights reserved.