SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — All but one of the San Marcos Consolidated ISD elementary schools are at capacity. Superintendent Mark Eads said controlling transfers can help alleviate future issues for the district.
“Grandfather current middle school students to their campus they are serving or the school they are attending right now. To not have any transfers at the elementary level except for employees that are assigned to their campus and can bring their own child,” Eads said during the Monday night school board meeting.
In total, Eads says 260 transfers would be impacted. The three largest campuses impacted by transfers are Crockett, Travis, and Bowie elementary school.
For the 2015-16 school year the school board says they have not had to put caps on certain schools, but find rooms to transform into classrooms.
“We discussed moving the music department to the cafeteria…we decided just to cap it,” Eads says.
The district say parents requests transfers for various reasons like their work location, babysitting purposes or siblings attending the same school. Trustee Anne Halsey agrees that all of these circumstances should cause the board to rethink their proposal.
“I am concerned that parents put in requests for transfers for myriad reasons. They are complicated and extenuating circumstances and if we do away with the transfer program all together…we are going to lose some of those students to surrounding students,” Halsey says.
She feels there should be caps for full schools, but allow transfers for any campus that has openings.
However, Trustee John Crowley feels like they need to also consider how some parents abuse zoning and use addresses of relatives to get their kids in school’s they prefer.
“This is something that has been going on for a long time,” Crowley says. “I think there are some people that abuse it.”
The school board decided to table the proposal until March 28 to come up with a more flexible solution.