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May 7, 2014

Science Hill drafts student contract proposal

Cooperation sought with county schools

Science Hill —

Only a couple of weeks after deciding to settle a dispute over non-resident pupils via an appeal to the state education commissioner, Science Hill School is trying a new take on an old solution: a contract proposal to Pulaski County Schools.
At a special-called board meeting on Tuesday, the Science Hill Board of Education decided to come up with a new contract to submit for the consideration of the Pulaski County Board of Education with different terms than the last, proposing a limited number of students in the Pulaski district boundaries that would be able to attend Science Hill, the small K-8 facility in the northern part of the county.
Last month, the Pulaski school board rejected a contract from Science Hill that would have allowed any and all students currently living within the territory of one school system to attend the other if they wish. Pulaski County has passed its own contract seeking to prevent any students living in its territory from attending Science Hill.
In the meantime, the Science Hill board is suspending a planned appeal to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday to resolve their issues with the much larger county school system over the matter.
“The appeal is on hold,” said Rick Walker, Science Hill Superintendent. “We have not withdrawn it. We are just not pursuing it in hopes of being able to work something out locally.”
He added, “We’re trying to figure out something we could pass and agree with and they could pass and agree with so we could move on and work together like we have in the past. We think this is something we can live with that hopefully their school board would think is far.”
The contract would have any and all Science Hill-area students be able to attend class in the Pulaski County district if Pulaski would allow 114 of their students to attend at Science Hill.

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