At the May 9, 2019 Special Called Board Meeting, the Board of Education approved 1:1 Non-Resident Contracts.
In the past, many school districts entered into open Non-Resident Contracts with surrounding districts since the number of students exchanged were approximately the same. But when one district siphons off a significantly larger number of children, the other district takes a financial hit. The state funding, called Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, goes with the student.
The outflow of students from Lincoln County is costing Lincoln County thousands of dollars in SEEK funding at about $4,400 per student.
The new Non-Resident Contracts stipulate that students will be accepted/released between the districts at a ratio of 1:1.
All previously approved releases will be grandfathered in.
There are no exceptions to the newly approved Non-Resident Contracts. All decisions will be made using the ratio of 1:1. Surrounding school districts can accept as many students as it chooses but the SEEK funding will not follow the student unless it falls within the 1:1 ratio. Of course, parents/guardians still have the option of paying tuition to attend surrounding districts.