A complaint for injunctive relief has been filed against the Switzerland of Ohio School Board to stop the closing of Beallsville High School.
The document, filed in Monroe County Court of Common Pleas on April 6, alleges that the school board failed to comply with the Ohio’s Public Meetings Law. The law requires public bodies, like the Board of Education, to only discuss matters specifically identified in an executive session.
On February 26, the Switzerland of Ohio School Board decided to close Beallsville High School in a 3-2 vote.
The document states that the noticed purpose of the February 26 meeting was solely to discuss the 2015-2016 school year and that they public notice of that meeting not sufficiently describe the intended or actual purpose, which included a discussion about closing the high school.
The complaint also alleges the Board has a history of failing to comply with the Public Meetings Law, referencing executive sessions held on March 19, 2015 and May 6, 2014.
Plaintiffs for the case are listed as Keystone Committee, an unincorporated nonprofit association made up of individual tax payers and residents residing in the district, and Lou Bedford of Beallsville.
Below is a copy of the complaint: