Majority-to-Minority Transfer

The voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option currently in place at Booker T. Washington Elementary, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, and Elephant’s Fork Elementary.

Because of a long-standing federal court order requiring desegregation of Suffolk Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Justice was required to review and approve the zoning plan.  The district can further desegregation by adopting a voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option at Pioneer Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary, and Elephant’s Fork Elementary.

The schools will be holding information meetings to explain the optional transfer in more detail.

Here are a few facts about the voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option:

  • A majority is defined by the largest percentage of students by race. For example, a school with 60 percent white students would be considered a “majority white” school, and a school with 60 percent black students would be considered a “majority black” school. Booker T. Washington Elementary is currently 89% black, making it a “majority black” school. Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary is currently 75% black, making it a “majority black” school, Pioneer Elementary is currently 70% white, making it a “majority white” school, Elephant’s Fork Elementary is currently 70% black, making it a “majority black” school.
  • Students attending a majority school will be allowed the opportunity to attend a school where they will be in the minority.
  • For example, black students assigned to Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn, Jr. and Elephant’s Fork Elementary will be given the opportunity to attend Pioneer Elementary, and white students assigned to Pioneer Elementary will be given the opportunity to attend Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn, Jr., or Elephant’s Fork Elementary.
  • The division will make space available at Pioneer, Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn, Jr., and Elephant’s Fork Elementary for students who choose to participate in the voluntary Majority to Minority transfer.
  • The division will provide free transportation and ensure reasonable travel time on a school bus for those students participating in the voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option.
  • Students will be allowed to complete their elementary education at the school they started under the Majority to Minority transfer option.
  • Students who choose to attend Pioneer Elementary under the transfer option will be allowed to attend middle school at Forest Glen Middle School. Students who choose to attend Booker T. Washington Elementary, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary, or Elephant’s Fork Elementary under the transfer option will be allowed to attend middle school at John F. Kennedy Middle School. These students could also choose to attend the middle school which they are zoned to attend.
  • Siblings will be given preference in the event there is a waiting list.

Attached is a voluntary Majority to Minority option form. This form should be submitted to Pamela Connor, Director of Elementary Leadership, School Administrative Offices by June 1. Questions may be directed to either your school principal or Pamela Connor (at 925-6760).

Forms:

This form should be submitted to Pamela Connor, Director of Elementary Leadership, School Administrative Offices.  Questions may be directed to either your school principal or Pamela Connor (at 925-6760).

 

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