FARMINGTON — Officials from the Central Consolidated School District will have a community meeting Tuesday in Naschitti.

The focus of the meeting is hear comments from parents and students about why they attend Naschitti Elementary School, Newcomb Elementary, Newcomb Middle School or Newcomb High School, according to a CCSD press release.

Officials would also like to hear the reasons why students attend schools outside the district, including those operated by the Bureau of Indian Education.

The issue of Naschitti residents enrolling their children in schools outside of CCSD became an issue this school year after Gallup-McKinley County Schools authorized their buses to enter San Juan County and transport students to GMCS school without a formal agreement with CCSD.

Until that time, GMCS buses were picking up and dropping off students at the McKinley and San Juan counties line.

In a letter to the New Mexico Public Education Department, GMCS provided a list of reasons why parents decide to enroll their students in schools in Tohatchi, which is about 18 miles south of Naschitti. Among the reasons is that some Naschitti parents work in Gallup or Window Rock, so it is convenient for them to pick up and drop off students.

The state education department told the districts to reach a transportation agreement, which did not happen.

As the bus transportation issue has been discussed, CCSD board members have also wanted to know why students were enrolling in schools outside the district.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Naschitti Elementary School.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636. Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.