Beallsville School Will Stay Open for Now; Judge Selmon Rules in Favor of Keystone Committee

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During the last day of school Thursday, Beallsville High School students received some great news.

Monroe County Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Selmon has ruled in favor of the Keystone Committee against the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education.

Related Story: Beallsville Keystone Committee Squares off in Court against Switzerland BOE

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

Judge Selmon has ruled that Superintendent Hall’s statement that he had the authority to close Beallsville without board approval was not in line with Ohio revised code.

The Court also found that the Board violated the Open Meetings Act when it discussed more than the agenda during the meetings where votes to close Beallsville were held. They stated there is no just reason for delay, and that this “Judgment Entry Incorporating Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law” is a final appealable order.

Keystone Committee Attorney Michael Shaheen said this court ruling means the meeting where they voted to close Beallsville is irrelevant.

Stay with 7News for more updates regarding this decision.

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