Moore Schools: Transfer policy confusing but no wrongdoing being done...
By Robert Przybylo
Heard a lot of rumblings the last few days about allegations against Southmoore in terms of ‘stealing’ kids from Moore as apparently five athletes from Moore have transferred to Southmoore in various sports.
But it’s not illegal, not with the new transfer policy passed by the Moore Schools in the spring. It’s only now people are starting to become aware of what this policy is actually saying:
“It allows students who live in one school’s district to transfer to another school without penalty for non athletic reasons.”
It’s a slippery slope, but so far, nothing illegal has been done. I talked to OSSAA executive secretary Ed Sheakley about this last week, and he said the OSSAA doesn’t have to do anything about this.
He’s right. It’s the district’s policy, has nothing to do with the Association. Much like Putnam City has changed its enrollment policy.
Obviously, not everybody likes it, but it’s what was passed.
In talking with Moore Schools AD Carl Franks, he said this was to give kids in the district more freedom and give them more of a choice.
He also said something heard a lot when it comes to OSSAA hardship appeals:
“When we look at any transfers, it’s not based on from what school to what school. We’re trying to determine if the reasons for the request meet the policy guidelines.”
It’s about meeting the criteria.
You could argue that Moore and Putnam City West (though it’s not exactly the same situation) are going to be the two schools affected by this the most, both now and in the future. It will be very interesting to see how the enrollment numbers fluctuate for those two programs in the future.
And Michael Kinney must have heard some rumblings, too, as here is his piece from The Moore American.
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