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GIRARD SCHOOLS Board takes case to court



Published: Sat, January 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The state Supreme Court will decide in about a month if it will take the case, court officials said.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Girard Board of Education members have taken the case to oust them from public service to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Board members appealed a ruling Friday from the 11th District Court of Appeals, which dismissed the board's motion asking the appellate court to stop a recall case from going forward.

The Supreme Court will decide in about a month if it will hear the case, court officials said. If the court chooses not to hear the case, the matter will be set for trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The board also has asked the appellate court to order a stay of the trial until the Supreme Court decides if it will take the case. Appellate court officials said they did not know when the court will rule on the board's motion.

Representative's request: Atty. Lou Damiani, who represents the board, had asked the appellate court to prohibit the case from going to trial because the trial did not take place within 30 days from the date the recall petition was filed.

The petition was filed Sept. 19 and the trial date was scheduled for November, court records state.

The appellate court ruled the case could go forward, however.

Parents' action: Several parents filed an action in September asking a judge to remove the school board members because they didn't inform parents about reported health problems at the intermediate school.

Attached to the complaint was a petition signed by more than 1,600 people.

The parents have said they are unhappy with the way the board handled the problems at the school and believe the board members should be removed from office.

The intermediate school was closed May 1 because pupils and staff were becoming ill. It remains closed while work is done to correct the problems.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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