Bowling Green Independent School Board to Hold Special Session

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"It really pits the public within the same community against each other, while they're really missing the real problem. The reason we're having this problem is because the state is cutting the funding for education," said parent Alex Lebedinski.

Bowling Green, KY -- Yesterday, parents protested outside the Warren County Board of Education's meeting after the Warren County School District put a cap on the number of students allowed to attend Bowling Green City Schools. Today, they still want answers, and better yet, they want to talk.

"I just want to see the numbers. I want to see the proof. I want to understand exactly where this decision is coming from, and furthermore, I'd love to have an open conversation," said parent Minda Schafer.

Schafer says the decision would be less upsetting if it were better explained, and if it weren't so sudden.

"Why it has to be implemented immediately... why there can't be a grace period," said parent Matt Cook.

"Where is the transition phase?" said Schafer.

They say the decision presents many questions for all residents of the county.

"If you're having all these kids in city schools, now coming into county schools, are they going to have to redraw the lines? Are they going to redistrict the kids already in their schools?" said Cook.

Others believe the district is attempting to solve an issue that is much greater than this debate, and missing the real solution.

"It really pits the public within the same community against each other, while they're really missing the real problem. The reason we're having this problem is because the state is cutting the funding for education," said parent Alex Lebedinski.

All three parents face separating their children or older siblings by sending them to a new school.

"It would probably take more time if dad has to take me and Layne to school," said student Andrew Cook.

Some say the idea of paying the city schools out of pocket for what they'll now lose in SEEK funding, a form of state funding, may be worth considering.

"I wouldn't rule it out, but I would hope it would be a last resort," said Cook.

"It is on the table. I'll tell you right now, because I am not splitting my kids up," said Schafer.

While others say it may not be an affordable option, and will result in paying a greater price than money.

"I'm going to end up paying with my time," said Lebedinski.

That's time he'll lose at lunch at after school activities with his daughters, because the city school they attended was just minutes from his office, and their new school wouldn't be.

The Bowling Green Independent School Board has scheduled an open session next Monday at 5:30p.m. to address the issue of the non-resident student agreement.

You can find more information on the meeting on the school board's website at the link below.


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