KY Education Commissioner Sides with BGISD Again

For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Education Commissioner rules in favor of Bowling Green city schools in the nonresident student agreement debate.

Terry Holliday, KY Commissioner of Education

"The decision to appeal," says Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton, "will rest with the Board of Education."

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WBKO ) -- After all the conversations, meetings, and hearings, Bowling Green city schools and Warren County schools find themselves in exactly the same place they were one year ago.

Wednesday Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday ruled the same way he did last year, that Bowling Green Independent Schools may enroll up to 750 students from the Warren County School District this coming school year But will the county schools appeal the decision?

"The decision to appeal," says Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton, "will rest with the Board of Education and at the July 17th Board meeting, they'll have an opportunity to discuss it and then look at the next steps. If they do decide to appeal, it would be to the Kentucky Board of Education."

But even if Warren County does appeal Holliday's ruling, the city schools say they will make the necessary adjustments.

"One thing we can assure families," says Bowling Green Independent Schools Superintendent Joe Tinius, "is that if they start the school year with us, we will make sure they have the opportunity to finish the school year with us. If we have to make an adjustment based on the appeal, we will find a way to do that without having to ask them to leave and disrupt their child's education during the course of the school year."

Bowling Green schools have already raised nonresident tuition from $312 to $412-a-year to help pay the cost of this battle between the boards.


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