School Boards Wait for Results from Hearing

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- Warren County Public School Board and Bowling Green Independent School Board collaborated for three full days last week.

A hearing officer listened to both sides provide evidence in reference to their non-resident dispute.

"We'll wait for the hearing officers ruling and obviously hope for a favorable ruling," said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.

"I trust that the evidence will demonstrate a clear indication that the current process is certainly broken," said Rob Clayton, Warren County Public School's Superintendent.

Both superintendents took the stand last week, along with each school boards chief financial officers, to provide evidence of their current financial situation.

Members of the community testified during the hearing, suggesting their view on school choice and fairness for the school boards.

At this point in time, the hearing officer is scheduled to make the next big move. He should receive the full transcript of the three day hearing and briefs from the attorneys by Monday, May 12th.

Saturday, the hearing officer suggested he would take about two weeks to review all paperwork, before forwarding his recommendation to the Kentucky Education Commissioner.

"It's my understanding that the hearing officer and commissioner can find exactly what either side has requested or somewhere in between," said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.

Until the commissioner makes a decision, both school boards are forced to wait, hoping the ruling is presented in their favor.

"The evidence that was demonstrated throughout the three day hearing by both sides, indicates that there is a need for a transparent, fair, and equitable process. I do believe that until we are able to develop that sort of process, this could be ongoing," said Rob Clayton, Warren County Public School's Superintendent.

"I hope that the community realizes and appreciates that we have two outstanding school districts in our county,” said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Independent School's Superintendent.

There is not a scheduled date for the Kentucky Education Commissioner to present his ruling. He will review all paperwork from last weeks hearing, during his consideration.




 
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