Almost all Arlington schools will be open to transfers

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ARLINGTON -- All schools are open to transfer students for 2013-14 except the four east Arlington elementary campuses that will be dealing with redrawn boundaries.

Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to declare Atherton, Hale, Johns and Adams elementary schools closed to transfers as many in their populations adjust to new surroundings and routines.

Trustee Tony Pompa was absent.

Adams, a new school, was built to relieve crowding at the other three, so it is expected to open at or near capacity in August.

But all other Arlington schools are open to transfers, including all six traditional high schools and all junior highs. School officials say that hasn't happened in more than a decade.

For the first time, students who live in the city but not within the district's boundaries will be allowed to transfer to a district school for the transfer fee of $100 instead of full tuition. The school board approved that change last fall.

Transfer requests will be accepted starting March 2, a Saturday, though in-district transfers will be granted first. Parents wishing to camp out in the east parking lot of the Administration Building to get their first choice must pay a $50 fee. Camping begins Feb. 25.

Out-of-district students who do not live in the city can transfer in, too, but the tuition is $1,898 for the full year. The fee is prorated for nonresident students entering as the year goes on.

The district handled 7,639 transfers this school year, including 4,578 in elementary school, 916 in junior high and 1,664 in high school.

"We've been a choice district for decades," board President Peter Baron said. "It's just now become a buzzword in Austin."

In other business, Michael Hill, principal of Seguin High School, was named assistant superintendent of administration.

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