Parents File Lawsuit Against Warren County Public Schools

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"There were 1,00 to 1,500 people who heard her admit to breaking the contract," said Simpson.

Several parents of Bowling Green City School students filed a lawsuit against the Warren County Public Schools today.
Their attorney believes there was a breach of contract when the county school board's decided to cap the number of non-resident students who attend city schools with state funding.

He says the recent decision violates the contract signed by both districts' superintendents in 2001. One argument made by some during the county board's May 21st meeting, was the school boards never voted on the contract.

"But the board has been abiding by this contract, so through their course of conduct over the past 12 years, they've given everyone in this county reason to believe they've approved this contract, and therefore in our opinion, it's legally binding," said Bowling Green City Schools Parents attorney Alan Simpson.

Simpson says the county board decision violates at least two parts of section 3 of the contract.

"The contract itself says the city and the county will meet and agree upon a number, but that number was to be controlled by a formula based upon the growth in the county schools," said Simpson.

Simpson says the county has ignored the formula for the past five years and set the cap at 850 students, and this year they dropped it to 664. He also says Warren County Interim Superintendent Kathy Goff violated the contract by making the decision without meeting with Bowling Green Schools officials to agree upon a number of students.
During the May 21st public Warren County School Board meeting, Simpson asked Goff if she'd spoken with Superintendent Tinius prior to making the decision, to which she replied, "No sir."

"There were 1,00 to 1,500 people who heard her admit to breaking the contract," said Simpson.

Simpson says he hopes a judge or jury will decide there was a breach of an enforceable contract, and enter a judgment requiring them to abide by it.

"What this means for alot of parents is that if they have to pay tuition, $4,000 roughly, they may actually be able to seek damages against the county schools," said Simpson.

Simpson says the Warren County Public Schools will have 20 days to file an answer to the complaint.

Warren County Public Schools attorney, Bart Darrell says he is currently reviewing the civil suit and will respond accordingly.


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