The change would not affect those who receive transfers under state law.

School Board Attorney Robert Thomas said the new change will begin starting with the 2018-2019 school year when only seniors living outside the district be allowed a transfer.

Siblings of seniors would not be granted transfers under the new policy during that school year.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, no transfers to other districts will be approved except for the two reasons granted under state law.

The law allows transfers for students if a parent works in another school district like Union.

Students are also allowed transfers under the law if they must ride a bus 30 or more miles to or from their school.

Thomas said close to 200 students receive transfers to the Union and Sebastopol school districts from Neshoba County.

“With those children, go $5,000 each in state funds,” he said.

School Board President Johnny Crenshaw said the transfer policy change comes in the wake of annual cuts in state funding for the school district.

“One of the ways we get money is by the number of students who attend our school  day-by-day,” he said.

“It turns into a lot of money going out of the county.

The only other way to get money is to raise taxes.  There are state mandated step raises for certified teachers but they are non-funded.

“I understand people’s complaints and I am sympathetic to their reasons.

We are also responsible for the 3,200 children we have at Neshoba Central.

We are responsible to keep the school viable for the 3,200 kids that wish to go to our school.

Our responsibility as a board is to make sure we can provide those kids an education.” School Board member Davis Fulton voted against the motion.