Superintendents React to Ruling on Non-Resident Dispute

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

After months of battling back and forth over the nonresident agreement between the city and county school districts he families of those 86 students effected by April's reduction can take now take a breath. Last month, the Kentucky Commissioner of Education's hearing officer recommended allowing the 86 students to attend city schools for the next two years.

"We felt like the hearing officer had made an error by making the ruling beyond this initial school year, and so Commissioner Holliday's ruling basically outlines that the Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Boards of Education need to get together and come up with a new agreement both school districts can live with," said Warren County Superintendent Rob Clayton.

The commissioner's ruling says the 86 will be allowed for one year, and then the two districts must come to a new agreement for the following school years.

"We're pleased with the ruling. Certainly, it's a little different than what the hearing officer had recommended, but it was very much in line with the appeal that we filed as related to the 86 students that were reduced back in late April, and having those students restored for this current school year." said Bowling Green Independent Schools Superintendent Joe Tinius.

Superintendents say they hope this ruling will conclude the process for now.

"We've already had some informal conversations. Both us of want to find a way to not have to deal with this on an annual basis," said Tinius.

It seems both sides are satisfied, but according to the ruling, they will have until next April to come to an agreement. It is officially the decision of both boards of education whether either side will continue in the appeal process, but both superintendents say their focus now is creating a new contract for the future.

For more on the ruling see the link below.

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