Elementary students in motion Total U93/U76 Registration: 960 ± Via Superintendents Agreements: 54 Via Teacher Requests: 14 ± Via Course – Castine: 9 By Lessons – Brooklin: 5 Most Transfers from: Deer Isle-Stonington, 21 or 10 percent Most transfers to: Blue Hill, 30 or about 11 percent For the 2011-12 school year, there were 27 complaints to the Parent Commissioner whose transfer requests were rejected by their superintendents, according to David Connerty-Marin, communications director for the Maine Department of Education. Of these 27, the Commissioner rejected local superintendents 16 times and upheld local decisions the other 11 times. Schools that accommodate students through superintendent agreements are reimbursed by public grants of approximately $3,200 per student. Castine and Brooklin somewhere calculate between $3,000 and $4000 per student, based on acceptance of available classrooms and other policies. Please contact Greg Scott at 207-624-6614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about transfers or interdepartmental registration policies. To move to another Maine school district, superintendents from both public school districts must agree. You must decide: under this exception, two superintendents may authorize the transfer of a student from one school administration unit to another school management unit (public unit in public unit only). Before such an authorization can be agreed upon, two conditions must first be laid: some superintendents say that simple transfers could destroy local control and inc afford considerable costs to school systems. A State Department of Education spokesman denies the allegations and said the case boils down to acting in the best interests of students. « Transfer decisions must be based entirely on the best interests of students (funding and other considerations do not matter) » How can funding considerations be ignored, especially for students with disabilities? Has the DOE found a mechanism to ensure that an agreement that expires by the Commissioner will not ultimately cost the district funds received that were not budgeted previously? RSU 13 , consisting of Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing, has 15 superintendent agreements. Nine are people moving to the neighborhood, and six are moving.
The change at the Commissioner`s level was strongly criticized by the superintendents. Pamela Ford-Taylor School Enrollment Specialist Maine Department of Education 23 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0023 207-624-6617Pamela.Ford-Taylor@maine.gov The Commissioner rescinded a superintendent`s agreement regarding a student who wanted to visit another district. Connerty-Marin stated that requests for deferrals, which could have been requested because they were more comfortable for child care purposes, depending on where a parent worked, were not considered legitimate grounds for approval by the superintendents. But the Commissioner disagrees. He said that if a transfer allowed the parent to stay in a workplace, it should be encouraged. The request for a superintendent`s transfer is never certain. Parents apply, and superintendents grant or reject it, usually on the basis of their decision for educational reasons. For the years 2012-2013, 68 complaints have already been filed, Connerty-Marin said.
Bowen overtook the local superintendents 50 times and granted the transfers.