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Video: Starkville Approved Trainer’s Transfer Request, But Denies A Mother

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI)- The Starkville Board of Trustees approved District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer’s request to transfer his children from Oktibbeha County Schools to Starkville, but that doesn’t mean everyone will get that chance.

The board unanimously voted to allow Trainer’s children into the school district stating since he’s now an employee of the district, his children have access to the schools.

Shortly after the vote a mother, Tamika Cattledge, also asked the board to allow her child to transfer districts, but the board voted no and she was denied.

The board says they care about the education of every child, but say, economically, even if there were a small amount of students transferring, it will drain the district.

Cattledge thinks it’s unfair.

“I thought back to when they just finished talking about how much money they received for these certain grants to put these laptop computers in these classrooms and every classroom in the school. Okay, I was just calculating in my head, like over $3,000 and you’re telling me it costs $7,000 per child to transfer to this school. How many children can we transfer to this school with the funding you just got. Starkville High has boards on the walls for their kids. Our kids are still using the TV’s that you roll on the TV stand. Discrimination! It may not be the right word but that’s what I’m gonna call it,” says Cattledge.

In order to transfer school districts, both the departing district and the district you want to enter have to agree to the transfer.

Cattledge says even though she was denied, she’ll continue trying to get her child a better education.