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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  • by PC Location: Meridian on Jul 30, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    There is a legal definition of 'residency' here that no one is addressing. I would like to know what Winston Co. requires in order to prove residency for a student. To Concerned in Nanih Waiya: if a student has been violating residency statutes for 12 years, isn't it about time he/she started obeying them? After all, at this point, he/she is legally an adult, and had better be prepared for the legal issues of the adult world. For those posting about where they pay taxes, as far as residency is concerned that is not the issue. The issue is where you lay your head at night. Whether you rent, own, or stay with someone there is a way to prove this. Find out the procedure and follow it and you'll be fine. I agree that this may ultimately be driven my test scores and student dollars. It's a sad fact of education that the No Child Left Untested mandate has all but ruined the system it was supposed to fix. Let's hope that someone will soon add it to the scrap heap.
  • by concerned parent on Jul 29, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Well, for all of the post who obviously do not have a clue as to what is going on. I would be glad to let you in. I am one of the parents who got a letter. I PAY TAXES in Winston county and I also PAY TAXES in another county. I own two Homes, one in Winston and one in another county. My home in the other county is for sale and has been,but I am having a hard time selling. I am sorry but last time I checked it is a law that you are aloud to have two residence and of course you can own as many home as you like. I reside in my Winston county home during the school year and go back and forth from homes during the summer. It really ticks me off to read these post that seem to be so cut and dry. Everybodys situation is different and nobody out side of the picture has the right to speak of something they DON'T get. Are you telling me that I do not have a right to live where it is best for my children to attend school and I can't go stay any where else on the weekends or summer. CRAZY!!!
  • by Nanih Waiya alumini Location: Nanih Waiya on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    I graduated from Nanih Waiya this year. We have a great school, as a matter of fact we have the best test scores in the county. The letters that were sent out were ALL word by mouth. There were kids who received letters that live in zone; however, there were kids out of zone that didn't receive one. How is this fair? Our district will lose more money doing this than if they would have just left the issue alone. Most of the kids that were denied went to a private school therefore, we lost almost $4,000 dollars per kid! In Ms, it is not illegal to have 2 residents. How can one say this is wrong? How can one say that they can't stay at both places? Nanih Waiya always is the school they try to degrade! Just leave the school alone! Maybe they should pay a little more attention to our so called great level 2 school(Louisville)! This whole issue stems from the fact that Nanih Waiya needed new class rooms, but Louisville wanted work done to their football stadium. Of course they got the work!
  • by tax payer Location: winston county on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    I know for a fact that the man in the picture owns land in Winston County as well as Noxubee County. So i guess he's paying taxes in both counties, right? If your not from Noxubee I guess you don't really get the situation and all the facts if your not involved in it. Basicaly one school in Winston has some of the highest test scores in the state and the others have some of the lowest and they are trying to spread it around so they don't drop levels.
  • by concerned Location: nanih waiya on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    i am one of these parents that got a letter. i pay taxes in winston county i vote in winston county and file homestead there. i was told i cannot own a house in another county. lets just say my lawyer got this handled, but i know of a single mother with two children that was told that her house was not suitable and she would have to find a more suitable trailor to live in. theses officials are in the wrong. most of these people who were turned down live in winston county and have just been sending there children to the wrong school, but is it fair to remove a senior who has spent the last 12 years at a school? And these people that do live in Noxubee Co. Do own land or rent houses in Winston Co. One family in particular was asked if they were going to sell there other home and was told they could not own two homes. Lots of people rent. So are we now going to say if you rent a home its not yours and you cannot sent your child to school.
  • by ed Location: meridian on Jul 29, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    well real easy answer school voucher program.. this ways kids can go to any school public or private of choice that simple...
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    The people that got the letters do not live in the district that their children were attending. Some are by honest mistakes. For the people that are not living in the county, their children should not be going to a school where their parents do not pay taxes. If you live in Noxubee county, you go to Noxubee county schools. And yes, we do have illegals going to our school system, I do not agree with this either, because we the American taxpayer are paying the bills for them too.
  • by PC Location: Meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:02 PM
    This school, as well as others, MUST comply with the desegregation order, even though demographics may have changed since 1970. If you don't like it, get the order rescinded. I worked in a county that had the same type of issue, and was in charge of verifying residency. It's not difficult to prove; it's more difficult if you try to get around it! We had to remove kids who had gone to that school for years, then moved out of district. When we caught them, we withdrew them from school and the judge gave them 15 days to re-enroll in the proper school. It's not the end of the world. I wish all schools would enforce the residency requirement. It would possibly alleviate overcrowding in some of our local schools so that tax dollars would go further. That's possibly the bigger issue here--these people are using Winston Co. tax dollars, but not paying into the system. It's like educational welfare provided directly by the good people of Winston Co. to their neighbors.
  • by ed on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    well would agree but you know the gov. it has to give them schooling and money this is what has been going on for years.. rather then put them out as they should be.. dont see other countries taking in us and doing as we do for them..
  • by ed Location: meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    sounds like a mess that could have been handled alot better then the way it was... and now has made a bigger mess.... oh sorry a mess for the parents the school has figured their mess out.. cut the kids that need the schooling
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