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Beaverton schools will not open doors to new transfer students

The Beaverton School Board closed the door on new out-of-district students for the 2012-13 school year.

During Tuesday night's meeting, the board unanimously agreed to support the second of two options presented by Superintendent Jeff Rose to address House Bill 3681.

The new state law was passed by the 2011 Legislature and took effect on Jan. 1. Prior to March 1, school boards across the state are required to determine and announce the number of students they will accept through HB 3681 transfers.

Beaverton's district leaders said they would give priority to the district's existing 132 transfer students, but no additional slots would be open to new students residing outside district boundaries.

Because districts cannot keep students from transferring out of their schools, the board also ruled that the Beaverton School District would not actively recruit students from other Washington County school districts in an attempt to maintain the balance of transfers between districts.

"Our intent is that we can work together to mitigate risks and keep each other as whole as possible," Rose said.

Rose has been in constant communication with other school leaders across the county since HB 3681 took effect.

While Rose said he wished the district could have avoided opening the door to the degree of "chaos" passage of HB 3681 caused, he was pleased with the constructive conversations Washington County school leaders have engaged in to tackle the issue.

During Tuesday's meeting, he presented two options for the board's consideration. The first would have allowed 60 students to transfer into 15 spots at both Cedar Mill and West Tualatin View elementary schools and 30 open places at Beaverton High School. The second option didn't open any spots for new transfer students.

"I appreciate the superintendent and his staff coming up with options for us to consider and for reaching out to neighboring districts," said Board member Tom Quillin. "Common sense has prevailed thanks to area superintendents, who put politics aside to do the right thing for kids."

District leaders said they were ready to put the distraction of HB 3681 behind them and get back to the important work ahead.



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