School Districts Prepare for Outcome of Hearing

By Melissa Warren | 

The hearing to settle the non-resident agreement dispute between Bowling Green Independent Schools and Warren County Public Schools may have just finished last week, but the districts are already preparing for the results.

The summer is winding down and some families in Warren county await the results of last week's hearing to determine where their children will attend school in less than a month. Both districts say, although the hearing is complete, there is still work to be done.

"The next step in this process is the preparation of briefs from both school districts," said Warren County Public Schools Attorney Bart Darrell.

The preparations don't stop there when it comes to the decision's impact on this school year.

"We don't feel like we can sit and wait for the ruling to come back to us, to then begin to plan what do we need to do to be ready for August the 6th," said Bowling Green Independent Schools Superintendent Joe Tinius.

Tinius says it is common to make last minute staffing adjustments before any school year begins, but the Kentucky Commissioner of Education's decision may impact those adjustments more than usual.

"We're going to begin to look at that now. We're obviously not going to make any decisions like that until we have the ruling, but we're going to have everything in place so we can move quickly at that point in time," said Tinius.

Darrell says he feels confident his district is also prepared for the possible changes.

"As the testimony was at the hearing, the school district is certainly ready for any new students that would come our way," said Darrell.

The hearing officer is expected to make a recommendation to the Commissioner of Education within the next couple of weeks. Both Tinius and Darrell say they will await the decision before making any judgments about a possible appeal to the state board of education.

The districts will have 60 days to file an appeal with the Kentucky Board of Education after the Commissioner of Education hands down his decision.

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