Transfer requests are up this year and the expanded grandfathering options are being cited for much of the cause.
Through Aug. 5, Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney said that more than 7,800 transfers had been requested with 68 percent being approved. He said that's compared to around 5,500 requests at the same time last year.
Dulaney told school board members on Tuesday that the greater publicity reassignment received this year and the expanded grandfathering led to the increase.
The school board extended grandfathering this year so that all siblings at a school could receive it, not just those at the eligible grades.
Dulaney said you really can't compare this year's data with prior years because of the expanded grandfathering.
Of the 1,304 transfers rejected by staff that were appealed to the board, 52 percent were approved or saw families accept placement at an alternative offered by the board.
More transfer requests are still coming. While May 15 to June 1 was the window to apply for families already in the district, Dulaney said 1,000 to 2,000 newcomers who move in over the course of the school year are likely to file transfer requests.
Click here for a handout on the transfers that have been approved, including which schools they're leaving and where they're going to attend.