BG City Schools Proposes New Student Agreement

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It was a meeting that had several speakers and many points of view.

It ended with the Bowling Green School Board proposing a new non-resident agreement.

One man who has had three students involved in county schools says school choice is important to him.

"I've always been a big supporter of county schools, but I also find myself in a unique position because I have a six-year-old autistic son, that Potter Gray is the best for him to be," said parent Ron Cummings.

Another woman said choice is very important, because her family hasn't always had it.

"My grandmother did not have a choice of an education. My great-grandmother did not have a choice of an education. I am proud and I teach my children that that education is something they need to hold dear," said parent Robin Ayers

The city's plan includes a reduction from 750 non-resident students to 650 over ten years.

Under this agreement, non-resident students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Siblings of students are admitted, 60% of the remaining spots will be filled by kindergartners based on application date, and the final 40% on grades 1-12 based on date of application.

There still are concerns from city school officials.

"What are our options if this situation is not resolved by the summer or the start of the school year, what can we do to ensure the families that are already here with students and have siblings that they will be able to stay?" asked Bowling Green Superintendent Joe Tinius.

The agreement now moves to the Warren County Schools for a decision.

We reached out to Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton.

He said this is a step in the right direction, and the board will look at the latest proposal to see if they think it is fair.

The Warren County School Board meets Thursday night, where they could agree or respond with a counter-proposal.

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