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May 7, 2014

Science Hill drafts student contract proposal

Cooperation sought with county schools

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Science Hill —

It was approved unanimously by the Science Hill school board.
The cause for renewed optimism on Science Hill’s part comes as a result of discussions Walker has had recently with Dr. Michael Citak, a Pulaski County school board member.
“I asked Dr. Citak what would pass that (the county board) would agree with. We talked some numbers back and forth,” said Walker. “He said they needed a number of kids from us, and I threw out some numbers. He thought this would be a good offer on our part and stimulate some good discussion among the board. 
“So I’m feeling optimistic that it will have a chance,” added Walker, noting that he started communicating with Citak Friday and continued over the weekend. “It was a really nice conversation.”
Citak was hesitant to say what the Pulaski board might do with the proposal, but did confirm his conversations with Walker.
“I will make it very clear that first of all, I am willing to work with and talk to them (Science Hill), but I can’t speak for the Pulaski County school board,” he said. “(Walker) asked my opinion. The last contract that was offered was any and all; even I couldn’t go for that. Then he asked what I thought would work. I told him my opinion to put a number down. He never asked for a number, nor did I give him one. I thought the board would be most willing to accept some kind of number.”
Citak said that a proposal by Walker that would ask for state SEEK  (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) money credit back for 19 Pulaski territory students that Science Hill educated off-contract last year was something he wasn’t okay with after giving it some thought.
“I said, “Well, if you’ve educated 19 of ours without funding last year, why should we all of a sudden give up funding this year? If you want to do the same number as last year, (that’s fine,) but don’t expect us to pick up those 19.’ My advice to him would be to be in within the realm of what they did last year.”

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