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June 13, 2014

Contract between schools approved

Somerset —

The contract agreement between Science Hill and Pulaski County Schools saw its i’s dotted and t’s crossed on Thursday, bringing to an end one part of an ongoing educational conflict.
According to Steve Butcher, Superintendent of Pulaski County Schools, the board’s agreement to the most recent non-resident pupil contract for the 2014-15 school year that Science Hill submitted has been “finalized.”
The Pulaski County Board of Education voted on the contract at a special-called meeting on May 29, unanimously approving the compromise attempt by the Science Hill School District, the smaller K-8 facility in northern Pulaski.
Although Science Hill’s school board approved the contract last month, on Thursday, it passed a tweak concerning tuition costs in the event that a student living outside the district does want to attend classes there.
The contract takes the same approach the county school system did in its initial contract for non-resident pupils in the 2014-15 school year. It would disallow any new students living in Science Hill School’s geographic boundaries from attending Pulaski County Schools, just as the county district had written a contract preventing any of its students from choosing to attend Science Hill.
The exceptions are students who already attend school outside of the territory in which their family lives, enrolled during the 2013-14 school year, their siblings, and as per state law, children of school faculty.
Science Hill Superintendent Rick Walker said that one tweak the county school board requested to the contract would have any child that might attend the other district for which that school system would not collect SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) money having to pay tuition.
Walker said that previous tuition rates for Science Hill have been set at $2,000 for each the first student from a family, and $1,000 for each additional child from that household. That’s what it remained after Thursday’s Science Hill board vote.

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