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Posted: Monday, 12 May 2014 4:30PM

Lacy Community Sues Christian County Schools



A lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of the Lacy Community claims the Christian County School Board was given wrong information about Lacy School and, once informed, ignored that information. The lawsuit names 17 Lacy Community residents as the plaintiffs and Christian County Public Schools, Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill, and the five Board members as defendants. The suit claims that Board members were told by the District that Lacy Elementary School was built in the 1950's but not that it was completely renovated and refurbished after a fire in 1972.

It says that when Board members were told that the school was less than 50 years old, they were surprised but refused to reconsider their decision to close the school. While District officials have claimed that closing Lacy Elementary would save taxpayers up to $500,000, the suit claims that there is a conflict of interest regarding the evaluation of the school. Architect Keith Sharp performed the evaluation of the school, and the suit claims this is a conflict of interest, because Sharp is also involved in the design and construction of the new facilities to accommodate children displaced by the closure of Lacy.

The suit further claims that the District is in violation of Kentucky Revised Statutes for failing to research and provide several pieces of information including, population, transportation, and architectural studies, and moving forward with a redistricting plan that will result in over-enrollment. The suit seeks to have the court stop the closure of Lacy Elementary until the District has complied with statutes and regulations that apply to closing a public school and obtained an unbiased study of the facility.

Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill referred questions regarding the lawsuit to the District's attorney Jack Lackey Jr. Lackey was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon.

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