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Board reverses decision, allowing transfer students at Classen SAS

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OKLAHOMA CITY - At the beginning of this month, the Oklahoma School Board decided to deny out of district transfers to Classen School of Advanced Studies.

After a month-long heated debate, the board has reversed their vote to allow students from other districts to apply and audition.

The sound of a violin had 15-year-old Lisa Parenica at hello.

"I love being in a group of people that just want to make music and have fun," said Parenica.

Parenica and her family live in the eastern edge of the Moore School District; she had to apply and audition to get into the prestigious program at Classen SAS.

"I was jumping up and down and my mom was like screaming Lisa, you got in, you got in," said Parenica.

She was fortunate to be accepted and grandfathered in before the school board put a hault on allowing more out of the district transfers this year.
"Everybody should have this opportunity to come here," said Parenica.

A dozen families were on standby waiting to see if their kids, who had already been accepted into this program, could go to school next year and luckily their wishes are coming true.

"I thought that if we we're in this position, you know how sad would that be if we didn't have that opportunity at all," said Paul Parenica, Lisa’s father.

After a long debate, the Oklahoma School Board reversed their decision, allowing eager students in surrounding districts to have a chance to excel in fine arts and academics.

This is an opportunity to follow their dreams, just like Parenica.

"I want to be in an orchestra and travel around and stuff," said Parenica.

Classen SAS has two days left of this school year, giving future out of district transfers a summer to celebrate.