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School Board Meeting Heats Up

By: Amy Walker
By: Amy Walker

There are more questions than answers after a heated school board meeting in Harlan County.

Among the issues, a recent agreement with the city school system over where students can go to school and a proposed tax increase.

Dozens of residents showed their concerns by coming to the board meeting, so many that it had to be moved to an auditorium.

Everyone sat in silence as two big decisions came down.

School board members say that after rumors and misunderstandings, they decided to halt an agreement with the city school system to limit the number of students who could live in one district and attend another.

Board members stalled the process by voting not to approve the minutes from that meeting.

That does not mean they are dropping the deal with the city schools.

"We want to meet with them so we can get a clear understanding of the terms that we both can go by," Gary Farmer said.

Next on the list, a proposed tax increase of 40 point three cents. Board members refused to make a motion to vote even after they were told that they would not make budget without it.

Farmer says the state will take notice, "Probably given one shot to clean this up and if not we could be looking at the department of education taking over our district."

The board instead approved a tax rate of 38.8 cents, which some officials say will *not* keep them out of debt.

Officials say because they could not agree on a higher tax rate they will now have to rework their entire budget.

They will also be meeting with the independent school board later this month to talk about the enrollment agreement.


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