New contract would limit student transfers between Fulton County and Fulton Independent

FULTON COUNTY, KY — Changes could be on the way for kids who go to Fulton County or Fulton Independent schools.

Thursday night, the Fulton Independent School Board voted to pass a new contract with the county school district for the next school year. Currently, there is an “any and all” contract between the two school districts that allows students to attend whichever of the two districts their families prefer. The agreement, which has been in place for the past several years, also impacts the amount of money the district receives from the state per student.

Tens of thousands of dollars could be taken away from the county school system under the new contract for the 2019-2020 school year.

Currently, 45 students who would be zoned to go to Fulton Independent Schools attend school in the county. Under the plan the Fulton Independent School Board approved, only 10 of those students would be guaranteed to be able to attend school in the county.

The board voted 3-to-1 in favor of the new contract, which would start in the 2019-2020 school year if the Fulton County Board of Education agrees to the new contract.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that more than $200,000 would be taken from the county school system, that 23 Fulton Independent School District students would be allowed to attend Fulton County Schools under the proposed contract, and that 52 students zoned for the city school district currently go to school in the county. All those numbers have been corrected in the story above to reflect the accurate numbers. Additional information has also been added to better reflect what the contract would entail if agreed upon by the county district.