Warren County School Board Agrees To Move Forward With Non-Resident Agreement Proposal

"I will always remain optimistic that we can come to some type of resolution, but certainly, that's up to both boards of education," said Warren County Superintendent Rob Clayton.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It's been a controversial subject since before the school year started -- the non-resident agreement between Warren County Schools and Bowling Green City Schools.

On Tuesday night, the Warren County Board of Education met, hoping to get one step closer to resolving the issue.

The Board agreed to move forward with a recommendation its superintendent proposed.

Since September, the superintendents of both districts have failed to reach agreement through negotiation.

Now, they'll have written contracts which will be reviewed by both boards.

"750 students would be reduced over a period of 10 years to 250 students, and that's 50 students per year that would be reduced as part of this agreement," said Warren County Superintendent Rob Clayton, explaining the contents of his proposed contract.

Under Clayton's proposal, county students attending city schools would be decided by random draw.

Current students, along with their younger siblings, would not be affected. They would be allowed to attend city schools through graduation.

Clayton said both superintendents want what's best for the students and to get this issue behind them.

"I will always remain optimistic that we can come to some type of resolution, but certainly, that's up to both boards of education," he said.
Clayton said if either board does not accept the agreement offer from the other, they'll look at the next step -- mediation.

Bowling Green Superintendent Joe Tinius did not return our call to comment.

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