, Corbin, KY

March 24, 2014

Special meeting for Corbin Board of Education

Session to decide on actions pending against Knox schools

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The status of, and the potential resolution of pending litigation between the Corbin and Knox County school boards, will be discussed Saturday during a special meeting of the Corbin Board of Education.

After the executive session is held, formal actions on the discussions held during the executive session will take place.

According to the meeting’s agenda published Thursday, board members will entertain a motion concerning the resolution of current action that’s pending between the two school boards.

The meeting will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Corbin district’s Central Office on Roy Kidd Avenue.

Corbin School Board Attorney Bob Hammons said Friday what will happen Saturday is separate from action taken on Feb. 20, when the Corbin board approved a non-resident student agreement for 2014-15 with Knox County Public Schools.

“The meeting Saturday is about what’s pending right now. It has to do about the past years that’s been on appeal. That’s the situation,” he said.

In October 2012, the Corbin school board appealed the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE) decision earlier that month on the non-resident student agreement between Corbin and Knox County schools for the 2012-13 school year.

That came after the KBE agreed to uphold state Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s decision in July 2012, which Holliday said the Knox district’s rejecting “any and all non-resident student agreements proposed by Corbin” was “not arbitrary and capricious as a matter of law” under the Kentucky state Constitution.

The Corbin school district also has a lawsuit pending on the agreement pending in Franklin Circuit Court.

In 2009, Knox County ended the contract allowing students living in that county to attend Corbin schools at no cost. It marked the third time Corbin Independent appealed to the state after Knox County Schools rejected the agreement.

During the meeting on Feb. 20, Corbin’s school board voted unanimously to a one-year agreement, allowing 405 non-resident students from Knox County to attend Corbin Independent Schools for the 2014-15 school year, which starts in August.

The agreement would also allow “any and all” Corbin students to attend Knox County Public Schools, also for the 2014-15 school year.

At that time, Corbin Superintendent Ed McNeel said the Corbin agreement would be submitted to Knox County Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles, for their approval.

The Knox County board did vote on the agreement with Corbin during a special meeting on Feb. 25 in Barbourville. They approved the measure by a 3-2 vote, with Board Chairman Merrill Smith and Board members Dexter Smith and Charles Merida voting in favor. Board vice-chairman Sam Watts and Board member Gordon Hinkle voted against the reciprocal agreement.

The agreement now goes to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval.