BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- “We want everyone to understand that we are trying to move this along in a time line that would have some type of decision prior to the end of this school year," said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.
This decision is regarding the entire non-resident dispute as a whole. Bowling Green Independent Schools and Warren County Schools have been going back and forth on this for nearly a year. The most recent detail involves Bowling Green Schools filing a cross appeal to the one Warren County Schools filed in February.
"In their appeal, they only referenced current students and siblings of current students as far as attendance for the 2014-15 school year. As a result of that, we felt the necessity to file the cross appeal, in order to make sure that other students (who perhaps have an interest in attending Bowling Green Schools and reside in the Warren County School District) could have the opportunity to do that," said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.
Tinius says a hearing officer has been assigned to the case, based on the Warren County appeal.
"We've already had one conversation and we will be having another conversation with the hearing officer. We plan to have our appeal ready to be filed, if not tomorrow, certainly on Thursday," said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.
Once a copy is forwarded to Warren County Schools, a decision will be made regarding how both parties will proceed.
"How evidence will be submitted, whether there is a need for an additional hearing or whether briefs will be filed by both attorneys for review. All of that will be worked out after the hearing officer has a chance to look at both appeals and talk to both sides to determine the next steps in the process,” said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.
Tinius says he believes both school districts and the hearing officer, are committed to making a final overall decision by the end of this school year.