What You Said: Should Kentucky schools be consolidated?

Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 07:06:10-05

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CINCINNATI -- A bill filed in the Kentucky General Assembly is causing quite a stir in Northern Kentucky and beyond.

The bill, House Bill 242, would be a major restructuring of Kentucky's public school system.

It would combine several local school districts in an effort to merge county school districts with so-called independent districts.

Boone County, Kenton County and Campbell County districts would become the the sole school district in each of their counties, eliminating Covington Independent Schools, Newport Independent Schools, Fort Thomas Schools and others.

Grant, Harrison and Pendleton counties would be combined into one school district; Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Nicholas and Robertson counties would be consolidated; and Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Trimble and Owen would be merged.

Currently, Kentucky has 176 school districts. The bill, if passed into law, would cut that number to 55 school districts. 

Here's a story about the proposal.

School boards would also undergo a makeover under HB 242: Local school boards would be eliminated and replaced with a representative from each district to serve alongside one superintendent.

The bill's main sponsor is Rep. Toby Herald, a Republican from Beattyville, a small town in the east central part of the state.

What do you think about this?

Tell us: Should Kentucky consolidate its school districts and its school boards?

Good idea to save money? Bad idea because it would reduce local school control?

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