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Bell Co/Pineville non-resident decision from KY education commissioner

From The Pineville Sun-Courier

The Kentucky Education Commissioner has handed down his ruling on the non-resident student dispute between the Bell County and Pineville Independent school districts.

Bell County had proposed a one for one exchange of students with Pineville being allowed to take an additional 150 students next school year, an additional 100 students in 2020, an additional 50 students in 2021 and a straight one for beginning with the 2022 school year. Pineville had wanted to keep the current any and all agreement that allowed a free exchange of all students.

There are approximately 268 students currently attending Pineville Schools who live in the Bell County School District and approximately 70 students currently attending Bell County Schools who live in the Pineville School District.

The commissioner ruled in favor of a one for one exchange, with the caveat that all students currently enrolled and their siblings are grandfathered in under the old agreement. This would basically mean the one for one exchange would be implemented over a 12-year period instead of over four years.

Both Bell County superintended Yvonne Gilliam and Pineville superintendent Russell Thompson declined to comment until after special called school board meetings take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Bell County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for Tuesday at 2 p.m. with an executive session to discuss the ruling.

Pineville's School Board was in the process of scheduling a similar meeting for Tuesday evening.

See this week's print edition of The Pinevile Sun for more on this story.

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