School system to start removing students

Thu, 02/08/2007 - 3:36pm
By: John Thompson

Starting next Friday Coweta County school System officials will start removing students from the school system.

The move comes after repeated efforts to get parents to file an affidavit of residency, said school spokesperson Dean Jackson.

“On February 16, we will start the process of removing students from the schools,” he explained.

As of Monday, the school system was still missing residency affidavits from more than 1,700 students. The residency documentation is being required because the Coweta County School System has entered into a mutual Consent Decree that will provide an opportunity to resolve the 1973 court order which governs the system’s desegregation attempts. The decree was issued in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, on November 9, and followed more than a year of discussions and negotiations with representatives of the United States Justice Department, Civil Rights Division.

The original deadline for filing the affidavit was Jan.19, but the school system decided to extend the final deadline date to Feb. 15.

If students are removed from school, they can re-enroll with a copy of the residency affidavit and proof they live in the county, Jackson said.

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