By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
The Corbin Board of Education has decided to appeal the Kentucky Board of Education’s decision earlier this month, on the non-resident student agreement between the Corbin Independent Schools and the Knox County Public Schools for the current school year.
The board’s decision was made by a unanimous vote Tuesday afternoon, at a special meeting.
The school district has a lawsuit pending in Franklin Circuit Court. School board attorney Bob Hammons said during the session the district’s lawyers in the case could attempt to add to the complaint to the present suit, or file a new lawsuit.
When asked what happens if the Circuit Court rules against the school board, Hammons commented, “If we don’t like that, you ask for the Kentucky Court of Appeals. And if you don’t like that, you go to the Kentucky Supreme Court.”
It comes after the KBE agreed October 8 to uphold state Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s decision in July, which Holliday said the Knox district’s rejecting “any and all non-resident student agreement proposed by Corbin” was “not arbitrary and capricious as a matter of law” under a section of the state Constitution. At the meeting, the state board agreed to consider only the documentation related to the non-resident contract request by the Corbin school district. That was the result of a Kentucky Department of Education action taken in August, in which the department decided not to hear oral arguments, but just the documentation.
On July 31 of this year, the Corbin school board voted to appeal Holliday’s decision earlier in that same month, which was the same as in 2011.
In 2009, Knox County ended the contract allowing students living in that county to attend Corbin schools at no cost.