Warren County Schools File Appeal with KY Education Commissioner

By Gene Birk | 

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WBKO) -- Thursday afternoon the Warren County Board of Education formally filed an appeal to the Commissioner of Education seeking a resolution to the nonresident student dispute for the 2014-2015 school year.

WCPS says because they and the Bowling Green City School Board have not entered into a written contract, state law does not permit SEEK funds to follow nonresident students currently enrolled in the Bowling Green Independent School District for the upcoming school year. Warren County’s appeal requests the Commissioner to allow SEEK funds to follow current nonresident students and their siblings to Bowling Green Independent for the 2014-15 school year.

Warren County schools say from the beginning of negotiations, the WCPS Board has never contested that SEEK money follow these students and their siblings; therefore, the Board wishes to expedite the process by waiving the right to a formal hearing on this issue. Foregoing a formal hearing would prevent further delay in a resolution for those families directly impacted by the lack of an agreement.

In response to the county's appeal, city schools superintendent Joe Tinius said they were in the process of reviewing the appeal to see what the county had concluded, so they could determine the city's next step.

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