KINGWOOD \u2014 The Preston County Board of Education is discussing possible changes in its student transfer policy.\r\nAfter construction of\u00a0 Preston High School, the state board of education said students in northern Preston County could apply to Monongalia County high schools, while those in the Aurora area could apply to Tucker County\u00a0 schools.\r\nTransfer requests come before both county boards of education for approval. Over the last year, Preston County Board of Education has not always approved transfer requests.\r\nBut not all requests are refused by Preston County, and Board President Jack Keim said last week\u00a0sometimes being able to ask parents questions might help him decide on a transfer request.\r\nBoard Member Pam Feathers asked if the county policy on transfers could be reevaluated. Perhaps parents and students should appear before the board, she said, \u201cso that we could ask questions, because it\u2019s a little hard sometimes to interpret their explanation.\u201d\r\nThe board receives written requests now.\r\nKeim pointed to\u00a0 a request last week asking that\u00a0 a Bruceton eighth grader be allowed to attend high school in Monongalia County in 2019-\u201920.\r\n\u201cOne problem with this is we\u2019ve already approved for his brother to go to the school, so I think [the state] would throw it back at us,\u201d Keim said. Though he often votes against out-of-county transfers, he voted for this one. But he opposed a similar request from another student.\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve stated time and time again that I have a concern when I think that they are trying to say that Preston County doesn\u2019t offer the same opportunities as Mon County,\u201d Keim said. \u201cBut then you get down into the parents\u2019 request and everything. And in this one, particularly, I look at in 1992, this student\u2019s father\u00a0 requested to go to Mon County and Preston County approved it.\u201d\r\nPreston Superintendent Steve Wotring said an agreement reached in 2007 by then\u00a0 Monongalia Schools Superintendent Frank Devono and Preston Superintendent John Lofink said\u00a0 both counties must vote on the transfer.\r\nThere are \u201clegitimate\u201d reasons for transfers, Keim said, but sometimes he feels pressure from the past. \u201cAnd I don\u2019t\u00a0know if that\u2019s a good thing or a bad thing.\u201d\r\n\u201cI agree with Pam wholeheartedly,\u201d Keim said. \u201cIt would make it a much easier decision if we were able to face the parent or the student or both and really see if there was a benefit for them going from one\u00a0 school to another school.\u201d\r\nBut Board Member Bob Ridenour said he is unsure\u00a0 having parents there to answer questions would make any difference.\r\nOn Oct. 22, the state heard an appeal from parents whose transfer request for their child the Preston County board refused. Wotring said no decision was issued yet.\r\n\u201cIn light of whatever the response is, I assume that we\u2019re going to have many more hearings and assume we would have many more appeals filed,\u201d Wotring said.\r\n\u201cIf you truly want to talk to parents to get the right information, we can have parents come back before the board, if that\u2019s what you want,\u201d he said. To do this, someone who voted in the majority on a refusal must ask to bring it back for reconsideration. That could be done while policy is undergoing revision.\r\nKeim said if a parent asks Wotring to have the board reconsider a refusal, he has no problem with hearing from the parent.