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BOE revokes Florida transfers

By By Adam Prestridge
Pending approval from the Escambia County Florida Board of Education, students from Atmore may no longer be able to enroll in Florida schools beginning next year.
Last Thursday, the Escambia County Alabama Board of Education unanimously agreed to revoke its Inter-District/State agreement with the Escambia County Florida School Board effective with the 2009-10 school year.
According to Hines, the agreement between the two boards was reached in May 1999. Since the agreements inception, several students from the Atmore area have been crossing the state line to attend school. According to Hines, more than 50 students went before the Escambia County Florida Board of Education for acceptance into its school system this past summer.
Escambia County Florida Associate Superintendent Ronnie Arnold said revoking the agreement would be on the board’s next meeting agenda set for Oct. 21.
Arnold explained that current Alabama students attending Bratt Elementary School would be allowed to complete the fifth grade, those at Ernest Ward Middle School through the eighth grade and Northview High School students would be allowed to graduate from the school.
In other business, the board: