George Washington High to Accept Transfers; Parents, Teachers Speak Out

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County School Board voted Monday night to allow incoming freshmen to transfer into the G.W. School District, so they can attend George Washington High School.

It's been a controversial topic for years, and a history of academic success has kept parents sending their children to G.W., even if they have to pick up and move.

Michael Mackey, a parent of a G.W. student, said his family is one of many that had hopes to transfer their child into the district -- until transfers were banned from the school because of overcrowding concerns. But that didn't stop them.

"We still felt like George Washington was for him, so we sold our house in Cross Lanes and built a house in this district," Mackey said.

However, a vote by the Kanawha County School Board allowing incoming freshmen to transfer into the school will keep other families from having to do something that drastic.

It's a decision that has teachers like freshman teacher Greg Mallory a bit concerned.

"As long as they add some staff to compensate for the increase, I guess we're fine," Mallory said. "I think it's going to depend on the class. Some of them are full, some of them are not full."

School board officials say enrollment is first come, first serve until the school hits maximum capacity.

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