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March 28, 2013

Reciprocal agreement discussed by Knox Board of Education


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

The Knox County Board of Education tackled several business items during a special-called meeting Tuesday.

One of those items concerned the still-pending reciprocal agreement between the school board and Corbin Independent Schools.

And after a 90-minute executive session, board members returned to the old gym of the Knox County Middle School, where Tuesday’s meeting took place.

Hulett spoke once the meeting was returned to open session.

“We (Hulett, Board Vice-Chair Sam Watts and Board member Merrill Smith) met Saturday with Corbin Independent,” Hulett said, adding that they “put a number on the table” and another number was put back.

“No negotiations took place,” Hulett said. “We’re still in litigation on the reciprocal agreement — no action was taken.”

During January’s board of education meeting, several reciprocal agreements were discussed, including the one with Corbin. Hulett said Corbin sent an agreement which did not include a specific number of students, but rather was worded “any or all” students.

Smith asked about a cap in the number. Hulett said the agreement is “the same one they’ve been sending.”

Hulett added that Franklin Circuit Court suggested mediation. “We tried two times (and were) unsuccessful,” Hulett said in January.

He explained Corbin had appealed decisions in the past, and felt they would likely appeal again.

“It’s time to get a number,” he added. “(There’s) no relief at the state board.”

Board Member Dexter Smith said he wanted “a level playing field” when it came to the reciprocal agreements.

During February’s regular Board of Education meeting, little discussion was made about the agreement — or lack thereof. Watts motioned “not to agree” with the proposal, and it was seconded by Dexter Smith. The board was unanimous with members who voted — Merrill Smith abstained.

Prior to that agenda item, the board unanimously voted to go into an executive session to discuss pending litigation. Approximately an hour later, board members emerged and voted to return to regular session. Hulett said “no final action was taken.” Nothing else was said on that matter.

The vote turning down the reciprocal agreement followed.