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JRES, PCHS closed for transfers

Jared Whitley Of the Record staff

Park City High School and Jeremy Ranch Elementary School are closed for transfers for next year. "We chose to close the high school because it will be in flux rather dramatically, and Jeremy Ranch strictly for the number of students who are enrolled," said David Chaplin, School Board president.

Typically, if a school has enough space, parents can elect to transfer children there, even if the family lives outside of the school district. Because much of Park City High School will be demolished preparatory to re-construction, its projected capacity next year is about 106 percent. Jeremy Ranch’s projected capacity is 91 percent. "The other schools do have some room," Chaplin said. "There are some schools that are closer to capacity than others. We’re very fortunate in that regard to have some room."

The district projects the following capacities in its schools for 2006-07: Ecker Hill

70.2% Treasure Mtn.

67.9% McPolin

66.8% Parley’s Park

76.5% Trailside

83.6% For transfers in the 2005-06 school year, request forms will be available at the district office starting Dec. 1, and they are due by the third Friday in February. Students who transfer aren’t allowed to use school busing. "We can’t provide transportation, but we still have same expectations for attendance," Chaplin said.

Parents seeking transfers might take into consideration how full the school is. As it was this year, the high school is open for current PCHS juniors to transfer in, who will be seniors next year, so they can graduate from the school they’ve always attended. The children of Park City School District employees are allowed to transfer, regardless of open/closed status. This year there are six such seniors at PCHS. One other student from outside Park City boundaries was allowed to transfer to the high school for this year. Jeremy Ranch was also closed to transfers this year, but the board allowed 10 transfers nonetheless. Four of them are children of teachers there. Some exceptions can be made, but they are rare. For example, if a family is building a house and it won’t be complete until halfway through the school year, Chaplin said. "If exceptions are made, they’re under individual circumstances," Chaplin said. "But it’s not a given. We’ve refused a number of those requests." The board can also deny requests for transfers. Last year, the board rejected 24 requests, eight of them for students wanting to go to Jeremy Ranch.


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