River Road ISD is growing, but not as fast as other school districts in our area.
"It's hard to fund a Pre-Cal or Calculus class with only 7 students," said Randy Owen, River Road ISD Superintendent.
So the school district put up two billboards in Amarillo to hopefully attract more transfer students.
"We take [transfers] in a way to balance our classes," Owen said.
Across the state, transfers are becoming a more common occurrence.
"We have seen more school districts who are opening up and who are encouraging students from other areas to transfer into their district," said Suzanne Marchman, Texas Education Agency spokesperson.
"So it's our job to make sure as people come to town to work at wherever, that they know they have a choice," Owen added.
But this choice can leave parents with many questions. So you should know that each school district has the right to establish its own transfer policies.
At River Road, students must go through a screening process before they can be accepted.
"They certainly can't discriminate," Marchman noted. "However, they certainly can look to a students school record. There's no law that requires them to accept every student that asks for a transfer."
In addition, there is no law that prohibits schools from advertising in neighboring school districts.
"And so if we are going to get the word out, we decided that we are going to be the one that goes to the forefront and start pricking the mind and say 'hey, maybe we ought to look out there,'"Owen said.
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