School Boards Eyeing April 1 Deadline


Warren County Schools have told WBKO that their first proposal includes a plan to reduce the number of non-resident students by 50 each year until the number reaches 250.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) UPDATED 5:56 PM -- The proposal approved by the Warren County School Board Tuesday night isn't the first sign of communication between the Warren County Public and Bowling Green City Schools.

Bowling Green Superintendent, Joe Tinius said he and Warren County Schools Superintendent, Rob Clayton have discussed a new non-resident agreement multiple times during the past 3 months, but little progress came of the interaction.

"We came to the realization that right now, we're not in total agreement with those numbers. They went ahead and took action last night (Tuesday). We'll consider that and take the action we need to take at a discussion on Friday." said Tinius.

Though there are many issues keeping the districts apart, funding remains a big factor in the negotiations. Clayton said the proposal approved Tuesday would reduce the amount of state issued SEEK money that follows students who live in the Warren County District but attend a Bowling Green school.

"Right now that dollar figure is approximately $3 million a year that follows those non-resident students. Over a ten year period, that dollar figure would be reduced to approximately $1 million a year."

Tinius said the loss of that funding could potentially hurt the education provided by the city schools.

"The money that follows that child is spent on that child. It doesn't necessarily create some type of windfall of money for any school district, because your using the money to give the educational services. We look at that in a little different way."

The Bowling Green Independent School Board has called a special meeting on Friday to discuss the Warren County proposal.


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A Tuesday school board meeting by Warren County Schools has resurfaced one of the most controversial topics of 2013 in Warren County. Where can students go to school in Warren County. Under the current agreement, 750 Warren County resident students are able to attend the city schools through the 2014-2015 school year.

However, things could change drastically over the next few weeks. Each school board is planning to discuss proposals before sending them to the other district. Warren County Schools have told WBKO that their first proposal includes a plan to reduce the number of non-resident students by 50 each year until the number reaches 250.

Under the current system, Bowling Green Independent Schools has a set of qualifications to prioritize which student gets permission to attend their schools. The Warren County Schools proposal would change that process to be decided at random.

Each school is actively discussing the issue and hope to come to an agreement before the deadline. If it's not met, then the process will then go through mediation.


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