NCSS 2019-2020 HB 251

NCSS Announces HB 251 Guidelines for School Choice for 2019-2020 School Year
Posted on 06/24/2019

After reviewing guidelines provided by the Georgia Department of Education, the Newton County School System has identified five schools as potentially eligible to receive students whose parents wish to transfer their child under the provisions of House Bill 251. Those schools are: Flint Hill Elementary, Livingston Elementary, Porterdale Elementary, and Rocky Plains Elementary.

The statute allows Georgia parents to request to transfer their students to other schools in the district as long as there is classroom space available at the school after its assigned students have been enrolled. A student who transfers to another school pursuant to this law may elect to continue to attend such school until the student completes all grades of the school. Newton County Schools has determined the tentative seats available per grade level at each of the potential transfer schools as listed below:

Tentative Available Seats; This is Alt Text
 School   Available Seats Per Grade Level 
 Flint Hill   5 first, 5 second 
 Livingston   5 first, 5 third, 5 fourth 
 Porterdale   10 first, 10 second, 10 fourth 
 Rocky Plains   5 second, 5 third 

Parents electing to exercise the choice option under HB 251 will assume all costs and responsibilities associated with transporting the child to and from the selected school, if the request is granted. Parents must complete an NCSS HB 251 Transfer Request Form and submit either by hand delivery to the receptionist at the Newton County Board of Education, located at 2109 Newton Drive NE, Covington OR by email to [email protected] . The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019. No HB 251 transfer requests will be accepted for the 2019-2020 school year after the July 12 deadline. Transfer Request Forms will be accepted only for those tentatively eligible schools/grades listed. If the number of transfer requests received exceeds the remaining available capacity, openings will be filled by a public random lottery. Letters will be mailed to parents/guardians regarding acceptance or denial of HB 251 transfer request no later than July 25, 2019. The HB 251 Transfer Request Form is posted and available for download on the Newton County School System website homepage at For more information, please contact the Newton County School System Department of Student Services at 770-787-1330 ext. 1212.