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January 24, 2013

Non-resident pupils limited at Science Hill School

School Board cuts available class slots

Somerset —  

If you live in the Pulaski County School District and you want to attend Science Hill next year, you’re out of luck — unless you or a sibling are already going there.
The Pulaski County Board of Education on Wednesday approved a new contract for non-resident pupils attending Science Hill School, an independent K-8 school district in northern Pulaski County. 
The contract would slice the current number of students who live in territory that would put them in the Pulaski County School System but attend Science Hill by a specifically undetermined amount — but essentially locks in only those families with students already enrolled.
“The Science Hill Independent School District may not add any additional Pulaski County resident students to the 2013-2014 nonresident contract with the exception of siblings of students that attended under ... the 2012-2013 school year or a child of a full-time Science Hill Independent employee,” reads the addendum to the agreement that was crafted after the regular January Pulaski County school board meeting.
In that meeting last week, it was proposed that the contract between Pulaski and Science Hill — which had allowed 172 Pulaski territory students to attend Science Hill per year for more than a decade — be changed to only 150 such students. New school board member Michael Citak objected to this plan, and he and fellow board newcomer Brandy Daniels — both elected to the board of education in November — voted against the measure, which ended up in a tie with school board member Edwin Sellers absent. 
As such, the board decided to table the issue for a later date to allow for further discussion about how to resolve the concerns, which included the well-being of students who would be moved around and the financial impact on the small Science Hill School District.
That later date came on Wednesday of this week at a special meeting of the Pulaski board. This time, all five board members were present — and all agreed to vote for the new contract with the amendments presented by Assistant Superintendent Sonya Wilds.

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