Schools Can't Come to Agreement

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Members of both the Warren County and Bowling Green School Boards met early Saturday morning in what was the latest attempt to come to a non-resident agreement.

After more than 6 hours of mediation, both sides knew negotiations weren't getting any closer.

Everyone present had to sign a confidentiality agreement so only the people who were there will truly know what happened, but each superintendent agrees the result isn't what they had in mind.

"We're certainly disappointed because the community would like to have a resolution to this particular issue. Certainly, in the future we hope we can come to some type of agreement," said Rob Clayton, Warren County Schools Superintendent.

Now the next step in the process is up to the city schools.
If they choose, they can appeal to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education.

"We're going to consider, in the coming days, what other alternatives may be there. We'll make that decision in the coming days," said Joe Tinius, Bowling Green Schools Superintendent.

If they choose to take the route of an appeal, that means the likely outcome would be a court style hearing like the one that took place on the campus of WKU last July.

This means legal teams would call witnesses to testify and a hearing officer appointed by the state would oversee the proceedings.

Each side has said they hoped it wouldn't come to that, but in the end it may be the next step in finding an agreement that both school districts can agree upon.

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