San Marcos CISD running out of classroom space, limiting student transfers

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Parents in the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District received a letter letting them know the district has decided to limit student transfers.

The memo from the superintendent said several of its campuses are at the point of reaching capacity, and classroom space is becoming an issue.

“We have no option but to limit the number of student transfers at our campuses,” said Karen Griffith, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services.

This will impact parents who put in requests for their children to attend a school different than the one they are zoned for based on their address.

The district will now ensure the students zoned to a particular school have been accommodated first.

Beginning April 18, 2016, the district will accept student transfer requests.

They will use the following criteria to make their decisions:

  • Submittal date
  • Length of time at campus
  • Attendance
  • Discipline

The district is giving parents the option to request a second campus, if the first campus they select is full.

The new transfer policy also affects district employees who live out the SMCISD boundary zones and want to bring their children with them to work.

The new policy allows employees to continue to do so if they are the legal parent or guardian of the child, and only if the transfer pertains to the employee’s assigned campus. An out-of-district employee will be granted a transfer to their assigned campus or to a campus that is not closed due to capacity.

Employees can submit a Student Transfer Request, but those will be processed in the same manner as those of other district parents.

Pre-Registration Information

Pre-registration for elementary school grades 1-5 will be April 18 – May 13, 2016, and Bonham Pre-K enrollment will be June 6-June 16.

For registration or pre-registration, acceptable proof of residency is required and may be one of the following, and if a bill, must be dated within the last 30 days:

  • Current utility bill (water, gas, electric) that shows the address of service and the parent or guardian’s name
  • Current rental or lease agreement
  • Current tax receipt showing home ownership
  • Current mortgage statement showing ownership
  • Current contract on a house, provided the approved loan is signed by both buyer and seller.

The following documents are NOT accepted as proof of residency: cell phone bills, telephone bills, a driver’s license, Medicaid/ Medicare cards, or tax statements.

A parent or legal guardian who lives with family or friends in San Marcos CISD and who does not have the require proof of residency described above, must complete a Residency Verification Form for the 2016-2017 school year. This form is available from the Student Services Office located in the Lamar Building located at 121 E. De Zavala Drive (a new address) in San Marcos. You can call 512-393-6932 for more information on the Residency Verification process.

All parents of transfer students (child is zoned to a different school) should be aware that the required form and proof of residency is due back to your child’s teacher by May 13, 2016. Letters reminding parents of this will go out next week to parents of transfer students.

If your child is going to another campus within the district during the next school year, the transfer packet will forward to the new school.

“All of our campuses have excellent teachers who give their very best to students,” said Griffith. “Whichever campus your child attends, the District will work hard to meet their needs and provide a quality education.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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