New law prompts Greenwood schools to say no to transfers

About 30 families who were hoping to send their children to Greenwood schools will be disappointed this school year as the doors are closing to students who live outside the school district.

About 100 students lived elsewhere but chose to attend Greenwood last school year, and up until this spring, the school had been encouraging families to apply to transfer. Greenwood schools had a few requirements for prospective transfer students: They needed to have attained at least a B average at their previous school and couldn’t have any attendance or discipline problems, director of secondary education Rick Ahlgrim said.

That’s because students who have problems keeping their grades up and attending or behaving in class typically have an even harder time meeting those standards when dealing with the stresses of getting to know the teachers and students at a new school, Ahlgrim said.

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