Students living in Columbia County have until Jan. 31 to request a permissive transfer to one of eight county schools for the 2013-2014 school year.
Of the 433 permissive transfers available to county students, Harlem High School has the most spaces at 214, followed by Riverside Elementary School with 53 spots and North Columbia Elementary School with 47 openings, according to a Columbia County school system report.
Permissive transfers first were offered to students four years ago under Georgia law and allow students to change public schools within the same county where space is available.
This year, 417 spots were open to county students but only 51 chose to use the permissive transfers. Lewiston Elementary School was the most popular choice with 15 pupils electing to attend the school.
As is the case next year, Harlem High had the most openings – 222 – this year after losing a large portion of its population when Grovetown High opened in 2009.
Other schools offering permissive transfers are Blue Ridge, Evans, Lewiston, River Ridge and Westmont elementary schools.
Transferring students must provide their own transportation.
The number of spots is determined by the capacity of each school listed by the Georgia Department of Education. The program subtracts 10 percent from the figures to accommodate for possible growth.
Transfer forms can be found on the school system’s Web site at www.ccboe.net. They must be dropped off at the selected school by Jan. 31.
For more information, call Kendra Sheldon at (706) 541-0650.