McPolin, Trailside popular for transferring students
Of the Record staff Trailside and McPolin elementaries are the two schools most popular for students to transfer into, according to a report the Park City Board of Education heard at its meeting Tuesday night. More than 30 students transferred to each of those schools this year, well above transfers to all the district s other schools. There are a lot of reasons people transfer between schools, said Martha Crook, Trailside principal. I don t know specific reasons why kids transfer here& I don t ask why. Parents have the option to transfer their students to schools which have available space. The Board of Education can close a school for transfers if the population is too high or there are other concerns, such projected construction. A total of 113 students transferred into Park City schools this year, 53 of them are intra-district, from one school to another. The other 60 are from outside the school district s boundaries. Park City s four elementary schools are very similar in curriculum, but all have very different personalities, Crook continued. I think anyone who walks into them would agree with that, Crook said. There may be parents where that s their reason. Some parents have told Crook that they prefer the after-school day care options available in the Trailside area. Parents might transfer children because they previously live in the area and want to stay with the same school, she continued. McPolin has so many transfers because it s close to the where many people work, so it s convenient for parents, said Nancy Scott, the superintendent s secretary. I think with McPolin, the majority of the workforce comes to town. They bring their kids with them, Scott continued. I think the workforce really influences the McPolin transfers. Ethnicity of school populations could make a difference in decisions to transfer. McPolin s Latino population is 27 percent, whereas at Trailside it s only 11 percent and 8 percent at Jeremy Ranch. Recently, letters in The Park Record have debated how Latino populations affect education, particularly at McPolin. I think sometimes that Hispanic population, as grades get older, it tends to make some of the families in this district make kids transfer to another school, Scott said. Scott added that You can only guess why people choose to transfer. But not many students transfer out of McPolin. Scott reported that two McPolin students went to Jeremy Ranch this year, one went to Parley s Park, and four went to Trailside. Thirty-three students transfer to Park City schools from outside of the district boundaries. Twenty-one come from Wasatch County, nine from Summit County, and two from the Salt Lake Valley. They might have been going to Park City schools and move to Heber and they want to continue here, Scott said. Or they live in other districts and want to go to Park City. As part of their benefits, Park City School District employees can transfer their students to the school where they work, or otherwise inside the district. So if teachers live in Heber, they can bring their children to Park City for school, Scott said. Twenty-one students transferred because their parents are employees, 13 of them live in the Wasatch School District boundaries, four in South Summit, three in Granite, and one in Salt Lake. Transfers for next year 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. When parents sign that transfer form they commit to transporting their children, Scott said. Parents seeking transfers might take into consideration how full the school is. 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. Accordingly, based on the board s discussion Tuesday, the two schools will probably be closed to transfers. As it was this year, the high school will probably be open for transfer students who will be seniors, so they can graduate from the school they ve always attended. 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. At its Nov. 15 meeting, the board will decide which schools will be open for transfers next year. 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. The full report on student transfers is available online at board.parkcity.k12.ut.us/Board.nsf/Public. Click on 11/01/2005 then Reports.
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