Christian County school board change affects Trigg students
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Mar 20, 2013 | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The possibility exists that at least some of the families of 38 students who live in Christian County but go to school in Trigg County might have to start paying $3,833 a year next school year to continue attending or go back to Christian County, because the Trigg school system won’t receive state funding for those students.

“Our board policy states that if we don’t have a … non-resident contract in place, that those students have to pay to attend our school district as equivalent to the amount of that SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) amount,” Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said when the Trigg County Board of Education met Thursday night. “I do genuinely hate that for the students in this situation.”

At their Thursday, Feb. 21, meeting, the Christian County Board of Education decided that their district won’t enter into non-resident student contracts with neighboring counties for the 2013/2014 school year. Typically, the Trigg County Board of Education approves these kinds of contracts in January without debate or controversy.

“These approved contracts affect the SEEK allocation through releasing ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] of students attending out of district,” Christian County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Melanie Barrett said in a Jan. 31, memo.

The Trigg School Board took no action on this, but Hamby said the only exception would be current juniors who are already enrolled in neighboring school districts. It’s likely, Hamby continued, that the students who wouldn’t be grandfathered in have been attending Trigg County Public Schools all their lives. He also said the board needs to make a decision on this “in the near future.”

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