Warren County School Board Rejects Bowling Green Independent's Non-resident Proposal and Appeals to State

By Melissa Warren | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The battle between the Warren County and Bowling green school systems continues, as Warren County's school board decided in a late-night decision during their school board meeting Thursday, to reject the proposal submitted on Tuesday by Bowling Green Independent Schools' school board. That proposal allowed for a reduction of ten new non-resident students per year for ten years, while allowing admittance to siblings of current non-resident students.

Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton said the board was not willing to agree to that offer.

"The board wasn't comfortable entering into an agreement in which $2.5 million continues to follow non-resident students, but the board was also concerned about the timing. We're now at a point in time in which both school boards need to plan to prepare for the 2014-15 school year, but more importantly members of our community need to plan," said Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton.

Clayton says the board felt the best thing to do would be to go ahead and seek intervention from the Kentucky Commissioner of Education through an appeal. Clayton says the commissioner can either make a ruling, or recommend a hearing take place similar to the one the school systems participated in last summer.

This decision means the schools will meet the deadline to either come to an agreement or appeal, which was set for April 1. Clayton says the negotiations between the districts began in September. The last proposal Warren County sent to Bowling Green prior Bowling Green's most recent proposal involved a gradual reduction of 50 new non-resident students per year over the course of ten years.

During last night's meeting, the public had an opportunity to comment prior to the vote, but no comments were made.

For more on the history of the negotiations, see the related llink.

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