Permissive Transfer Summary


As a result of House Bill 251 effective July 1, 2009, the Columbia County School District seeks to inform all parents of children living in Columbia County of the opportunity for a permissive transfer to eligible schools.  According to this law, Columbia County residents may elect to send their children to any public school in the county as long as there is classroom space available after the students within the assigned zone have been enrolled. Classroom space is defined as the FTE enrollment number provided by the Facilities Services Unit of the Georgia Department of Education, less than 10% to accommodate new students. Using this guideline, the following schools have space available and, accordingly, may accept permissive transfer requests for 2020-2021 School Year:


Spaces Available

Blue Ridge Elementary


Evans Elementary


Parkway Elementary


Riverside Elementary


South Columbia Elementary






Lakeside Middle


Stallings Island Middle





Please note that parents or guardians electing to send their children to an eligible school assume responsibility and cost of transporting their children to and from the school. Once enrolled, students may continue to attend such school until they complete all grades of the school. Following completion of all grades, these students will be required to return to their regular attendance zone.

Parents or guardians interested in requesting a permissive transfer for their children should read Board Policy JBCC and complete a Permissive Transfer Request Form found in Procedure JBCC available online. Forms are also available at the Board of Education located at 4781 Hereford Farm Road.

Completed forms must be submitted to the eligible school(s) of choice beginning January 15, 2020, and no later than February 7, 2020. Interested parents must submit a completed form to the principal or designee within the assigned time period. The principal or designee receiving the request forms will number, sign, date, and retain each form received up to the close of the final day.  If the school receives more permissive transfer requests than space available, lots will be drawn for enrollment from all submitted applications. Affected parties will be notified and invited to witness the public drawing which will be held within three business days of the application deadline.  All questions may be directed to Jocelyn Baker at 706-541-0650.