Louisville Cracks Down on Residency Requirement

The start of the 2009-2010 school is right around the corner. But dozens of parents in one area are outraged because they say their children are being kicked out of a their school.

About two weeks ago, more than one hundred notices were sent out to parents notifying them that their children would not be allowed to attend a particular Winston County school during the new school year.

Administrators say about half of the violators lived within the county but were attending the wrong school, while the other half lived outside Winston County but attended schools there.

Superintendent Dr. William Wade says the crackdown is to help the district comply with the 1970 desegregation mandate.

"The main concern is that they have the authority, if they thought it was so far out of line, they have the power to come in and make you consolidate and that would be a big issue," said Wade.

'I offered to move to Winston County and stay 4 nights a week in a trailer and they told me I had to stay 24/7. I had to live there," said parent Sherry Conner, a resident of Noxubee County.

For many of the affected students, Nanih Waiya is the closest public school to their home, but they live in Noxubee or Kemper counties.

Parents who received the notices are being allowed to go before a council for reevaluation. After further evaluation, administrators say only about 20 percent of the cases reviewed have been overturned.

The Louisville School District is made up of:
Fair Elementary School (K-3)
Louisville Elementary School (4-6)
Eiland Middle School (7-8)
Louisville High School (9-12)
Nanih Waiya Attendance Center (K-12)
Noxapater Attendance Center (K-12)


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