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June 13, 2014

Contract between schools approved


Somerset —

Pulaski County Superintendent Steve Butcher said that the county would not have any tuition rates, and would not take any Science Hill-area students into the county school system.
“If any new kids want to come to the county, we’ll just say, ‘No, we can’t take you,’” said Butcher. “We won’t do tuition.”
Although Science Hill had made previous attempts that would allow for some number of students — whether any and all, or a set number — from one district to attend the other, Pulaski County’s board rejected each of those proposals.
The other option was mediation with the state education commissioner’s office, something Walker was hoping to avoid.
“It was going to be a long, drawn-out, expensive battle,” said Walker. “We just felt our resources were better off focusing on students living in the Science Hill District and (those) that we get to take from outside the district.”
Pulaski County’s initial contract to Science Hill for 2014-15 had permitted any and all Science Hill-area students to attend class in a county system school, while preventing any new students from enrolling at Science Hill, a K-8 district in northern Pulaski County.
Pulaski made the same contract to Science Hill last year, which the school system accepted. Walker has said that it was done with Science Hill administrators under impression that the county would give them a specific number of eligible county-territory students for 2014-15, as had been done in past years. Instead, Pulaski County offered the same contract again and then offered it to Somerset Independent Schools as well.
Somerset has opted to go forward with an appeal to Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday’s office. Hearings have been set to take place locally between the school districts’ legal counsels on June 26 and 27.

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