Majority-to-Minority Transfer Option

Majority to Minority Parent Letter from the Superintendent - April 24, 2020

The voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option
currently in place at Booker T. Washington, Elephant’s Fork Elementary, Mack Benn, Jr. and Pioneer Elementary Schools will continue for the 2020-21 school year.

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, Booker T. Washington, Mack Benn, Jr., and Elephant’s Fork Elementary Schools. 

Due to COVID-19, all informational meetings are cancelled. Program information is made available upon request through your child's principal. 

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.

 

    • 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., or 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 Schools 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, Mack Benn, Jr., 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.
 

Majority to Minority option forms included should be submitted to your child's principal by May 29, 2020.

Questions may be directed to either your school principal or to Pamela Connor, Director of Elementary Leadership, at 925-6760.

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