Huntsville City Schools says nearly 400 applications submitted for Majority to Minority transfers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville City Schools Spokesman Keith Ward said the district received more than 395 applications for majority to minority transfers. The deadline for the first round of applications ended on Monday at 11:59 p.m.

As part of Huntsville City Schools’ federal desegregation order, students who are in the majority at one school are eligible to apply for transfer to another school where they would be in the minority. While majority to minority transfers are not new in Huntsville, the school system will use a new method to select who goes where.  All applications submitted by the May 18th deadline will be verified and placed in a lottery system.

“It gives everyone an equal shot at getting a potential slot in one of the openings,” Ward said.

The new consent order between the school system and the Department of Justice, approved in April, also required more notification for parents and students for the upcoming school. The school system sent notifications home by student, posted billboards, website notices and also used several system-wide phone call updates during the application window to make sure parents were aware.

Ward said applications may still be submitted, but those will essentially be put on a waiting list for the 2015-2016 school year.