UPDATED 5:45 PM -- Tuesday, the Warren County Public School Board presented a proposal for a new non-resident agreement between them and the Bowling Green Independent Schools. Friday morning at a special called meeting, the city school board responded.
"It is the opinion of the Bowling Green Board of Education that the Warren County proposal is neither consistent with findings from the July 2013 non-resident hearing, nor with Education Commissioner Terry Holliday's intent for future non-resident agreements." said Bowling Green School Board Chair, Michael K. Bishop.
One of the issues the city board had with the county school proposal, was the recommendation to reduce the number of non-resident students allowed to attend city schools by 50 each year. In their own version of a proposal, Bowling Green Independent Schools recommended a smaller reduction of only 4 students a year.
"We feel like in an effort to move this process forward and come to a long term agreement. We needed to give and be conciliatory in some manner. The two areas we looked at were, not asking for a continuation of the growth from year to year, and to allow for a small reduction in students who are allowed to attend each year." commented Superintendent Joe Tinius.
Each board is aware of the others' proposal, and they're very different.
That means the next step could likely come at a scheduled Warren County School Board meeting January 13th.
"If our board does not agree to the contract proposal, the potential there is for one of the board members to make a recommendation to move to the next phase, which would be mediation." said Warren County Public Schools Superintendent, Rob Clayton.
Legal counsel for one of the boards said if mediation is needed, the meeting will be behind closed doors with a few members from each school board. Those members that will be allowed to attend are the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Superintendent from each school district.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Independent School Board held a special called meeting Friday morning to address a non-resident agreement proposed by Warren County Public Schools.
Bowling Green Schools proposed their own version of a new agreement that would run through June 30, 2024. The agreement would allow students who live in the city district to attend Warren County Schools. It would also reduce the number of non-resident students able to attend city schools by four students a year. The number that currently sits at 750 would be reduced to 710 by the 2023-2024 school year.
The Bowling Green School Board issued a statement in response to Warren County Public Schools proposal earlier this week. In it, the board said Warren County's proposal "is neither consistent with findings from the July 2013 non-resident hearing, nor with Education Commissioner Terry Holliday's intent for future non-resident agreements."
The group added they believe their long term solution is more closely aligned with the 2001 memorandum.