Only students residing 30 miles or more by bus from the county schools would be eligible for transfers to other districts including Union under a proposed policy being considered by the county School Board.

Superintendent Tommy Dearing voiced support for the new policy at last week's School Board meeting, saying the change would help curtail the number of transfers granted in the future.

The proposed change stems from a December meeting where parents voiced concerns after future transfers in wake of rumors that the board would soon force all Union transfer students to attend Neshoba County Schools.

The board reiterated their earlier preference to uphold current transfers and grant an exemption to approve transfers for siblings of those attending Union.

No final decision was made though board members said it would reconsider the proposal at its next meeting.

Board member Jewell Parks said the school has had a problem with students transferring out over the years, specifically to the Union School District.

Superintendent Dearing said the school has 212 transfer students to Union this current school year, costing the district over $1 million.

Each student has $7,500 travel with them to Union, he said.

He also noted that 95 students have transferred to Sebastopol schools.

Student transfers must be approved by the School Board on an annual basis, he said.

The board also plans to hold a school-wide check on student residency next year.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Parks, effective Jan. 31, due to her moving to a city residence.

• Elected new board officers: Davis Fulton as president, Johnny Crenshaw as vice president and Shan Winstead as secretary.

• Rehired Robert Thomas as the board attorney

• Hired Stacy Luker as the head football coach

• Approved fundraisers and donations

• Entered into executive session for the annual evaluation of the superintendent.