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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.
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.
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