On August 23, the Bowling Green Board of Education received a Final Order from the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Dr. Terry Holliday, regarding the non-resident student appeal between Bowling Green and Warren County Schools. The decision remains positive for the families and parents of the Bowling Green community.
Dr. Terry Holliday’s Order affirms the Hearing Officer’s recommended decision permitting 750 Warren County residents to attend Bowling Green Schools in the 2013-14 school year pursuant to a non-resident student agreement. For the 2014-15 school year, the Order provides that Bowling Green and Warren County Schools are to negotiate in an effort to agree on a non-resident student agreement. If an agreement for the 2014-15 school year cannot be reached by April 1, 2014, both districts are required to participate in formal mediation.
Bowling Green Independent Schools are pleased with Dr. Holliday’s Final Order which reinstates 86 non-resident students reduced by Warren County Schools on April 18, 2013. This allows 750 Warren County resident students to remain in Bowling Green Schools with state funding for the 2013-14 school year, continuing a long-standing practice and agreement between the two districts. While the Commissioner’s ruling does not reinstate the students for the 2014-15 school year as recommended by the Hearing Officer, Bowling Green Schools look forward to establishing a new long-term agreement with Warren County Schools.
Bowling Green Independent Schools appealed to the Commissioner of Education in May 2013 for a total of 86 students for the 2013-14 school year. After a two and a half day hearing in July, the Hearing Officer recommended the districts continue the existing practice for two school years, due to the time of the year a ruling would be issued and to allow time for a new agreement to be reached. With the final ruling from Dr. Terry Holliday, which only addresses the current school year, Bowling Green Schools look forward to working with Warren County Schools to provide families and the community sufficient time to make educational decisions and plan for the 2014-15 school year and years to follow.