Parents file injunction to keep Cuba Elementary School open

School may be out for Spring Break in Graves County, but a group of parents are fighting to keep the doors at Cuba Elementary from closing for good.

“I don't think they followed the correct procedure to do it.”

Josh Cherry is listed as a plaintiff in an injunction filed Tuesday.  His son is in kindergarten at Cuba and said he hired a lawyer to keep his son and the 150 other students from moving elsewhere.

“Until I physically see it, I won't believe it,” Cherry said.

Cherry said he doesn't buy the district's financial reasons to shut it down.  He also alleges in the injunction the district voted to close it almost two months before the planning commission met to switch the school from “permanent” to transitional.”  Cherry said state law requires districts to make the change before a vote can be held on the future of any school.

“The state has certain laws they have to follow and we feel like they didn't follow these laws,” Cherry said.

Graves County Superintendent Kim Harrison told us in a statement:  “Every step of the way, we have let it be known that this was a possibility and that if it came to closing the school, we would do so regretfully. We have taken the process very seriously and have followed all the rules and regulations required. We believe our decision will stand up in court.”

Cherry now wants a judge to review the board's procedures because he feels the decision was made too fast and without the regard of students and their families.

“It's not over. Stick with us and I believe we will pull through,” Cherry said.

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