Beallsville Keystone Committee Squares off in Court against Switzerland BOE


 The fight to keep Beallsville High School continued Wednesday as the Beallsville Keystone Committee and the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education met at the Monroe County Circuit Court

The Keystone Committee are a group of residents from the Beallsville area that are rallying against the shutdown. 

They filed a legal complaint against the board for injunctive relief. That is a temporary injunction to overturn the board’s decision to close the school.

“What we would be is a temporary arrangement where the school board would not continue to proceed with the proposed action,” Keystone Committee Co-Council Michael Shaheen said. “During that period both sides woulddue have the opportunity to do discovery. To do due diligence and go forward with a more permanent arrangement.”

The committee believes that the board violated the state’s sunshine laws when they reached their decision in February.  

Beallsville resident Lou Bedford is a plaintiff in the case. He said he is hopeful the decision will be overturned.

“I’m hoping that we can keep all of the the local schools open in the Switzerland District, because I think that’s what the voters have said. They did not choose have a large central school like a Wheeling Park, John Marshall or Brooke, but to have local schools,” Bedford said.

The case is being heard by Judge Julie Selmon. 

It began Wednesday morning with both parties making opening statements. That was followed by testimony from several witnesses including school Superintendent John Hall. 

Both parties are hoping for a decision later on this week. 

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