Members of the Alvarado ISD school board unanimously agreed Monday to change the local admissions policy to allow transfer students from other school districts.

AISD superintendent Dr. Chester Juroska said that although the revised policy is effective immediately, inter-district transfer students must first be cleared by his office.

“It will be up to the campus administrators to research potential transfer applicants,” Juroska said, “such as calling other districts to check for attendance and discipline records.”

Juroska said the board's decision to allow inter-district transfer students was two-fold.

“We have had some instances where parents were required to find housing in a neighboring district,” he said. “Their children will now be able to continue to receive their quality education at AISD.

“Also, our district receives approximately $4,400 from the state per pupil,” he said. “This a dditional funding will help offset recent enrollment declines over the past several years.”

Juroska said AISD has lost large amounts of state funding because of the lower enrollment figures.

According to previous news articles in the Alvarado Post, the former policy (which did not allow transfer students) was implemented because the district had been experiencing rapid growth.

Now, as enrollment has recessed, Juroska said he would like to see those empty seats filled with students again.

“We are not going to be able to hire extra personnel or build extra facilities to house transfer students,” Juroska said. “Our plan is to utilize the empty space that we already have available.”

So far, two students have taken advantage of the new inter-district transfer policy, Juroska said.

“We don't know how many students will actually take advantage of this situation,” he said, “but I want them to know that it's definitely available. Also, just because a transfer student has been accepted, they must continue to have good attendance and discipline records while attending AISD schools.”

Transfer students will be considered any time throughout the 2007-08 school year.

For more information, call the superintendent's office at (817) 783-6800.

In other action, the board approved the following agenda items:

Expenditures for August Financial report Budget adjustments Authorization of Reading First Grant to Lillian Elementary - $225,000 Gifts and donations - $6,500 from the Alvarado Booster Club to Professional Turf Products for one-half the cost of a refurbished Toro 2000 mower for the athletic department Resolution regarding extra-curricular status of 4-H organization Designation of Johnson County agricultural extension agents as adjunct instructional staff for purpose of student attendance accounting Annual renewal license for Novell district computer software - $17,875.00

Employment of professional personnel

The topic of a water easement for the new intermediate school was tabled until a later date.

The next regular scheduled school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the AISD boardroom.