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Graves board to set Cuba auction date

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

The Graves County School Board will continue with plans to sell Cuba Elementary School after the school year ends, and will set an auction date tonight.

The board will decide on the particulars during its regular May board meeting beginning at 6  tonight at the central office in Mayfield, according to the meeting agenda. The board voted to close Cuba Elementary School by a 4-1 vote in December. Students will move to Wingo or Sedalia elementary schools in the fall.

Superintendent Kim Harrison cited the consecutive years of declining enrollment, with fewer than 200 students each of the past seven years, and a long list of expensive facility needs, including a new roof and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The board voted in March to declare the facility surplus property, which was then sent to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval.

A group of four Graves County residents sued the board of education and its members on April 1 in Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort alleging impropriety and procedural shortfalls in the decision to close the school, according to the document.

School board attorney David Hargrove said Wednesday that he filed a response to the claims. He said the pending legal action will not affect the board's action in regard to the property sale.

The next motion will be heard June 11 in Franklin Circuit Court and deals with dismissing the individual board members - Susan Barton, Kevin Curtsinger, Ronnie Holmes, Kelly Whitaker and Jim Wurth - from the lawsuit. Hargrove said the motion is standard practice as the board functions as one body and each individual member has immunity from legal action.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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