Walker told the Commonwealth Journal that he hadn’t discussed the issue with Pulaski very recently, but that it’s brought up every year, and “every year we wonder (what the number) is going to be. It’s a concern,” he said.
The number had been 172 students for as long as either superintendent could remember; it’s not based on anything in particular as far as either one knew. Walker called it an “arbitrary number.”
Walker said that by the terms of the contract, Pulaski could have “any and all” of Science Hill’s students — many if not most of which go on to Pulaski County High School after graduating the eighth grade at Science Hill — and that “we set that because we don’t have much choice in the matter.”
Walker expressed a desire that all parents could have “freedom of choice” to attend whichever school they please, no matter where they live — “We don’t want to keep kids at Science Hill if they want to go to Pulaski County, because they’re a fine school too, and I want to open our doors to everyone too” — and that he thinks that the school board members will ultimately keep the numbers the way they are.
“It’s been working fine as it is,” said Walker. “All three district are doing well. I don’t see any reason to disrupt the camaraderie that we have.”