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Judge permits removal of some materials from Cuba Elementary

BY LAUREN P. DUNCANlduncan@paducahsun.com

While the Graves County Board of Education still may not sell Cuba Elementary School, the district is now allowed to move some of the school's materials.

Four Cuba area residents sued the school board, alleging it mishandled the process of closing the Cuba school earlier this year. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd granted a temporary injunction against the district's planned auction of the school and its property in June until he makes a final decision in the case.

Shepherd has not announced his decision on the sale, but on Wednesday he entered an order to allow the district to remove supplies inside the school.

Richard Jackson, one of the plaintiffs in the suit and a member of the Save Cuba School committee, said both the plaintiffs and defendants entered motions in the case Tuesday.

Shepherd's order lists the number of desks, shelves, teaching materials, filing cabinets and other supplies that may be moved from Cuba to Sedalia, Wingo and Farmington elementary schools.

Superintendent Kim Harrison said Wednesday's court order will allow the district to prepare for the start of classes.

"This is what we need to start the school year," she said.

While some supplies, including several computers, will be moved to Farmington Elementary School, no Cuba students will attend Farmington. About 150 Cuba students will go to the Sedalia and Wingo schools.

The school board meets tonight, but has no plans to make any formal decisions regarding the case, Harrison said.

While some supplies will be moved out of the school, the district is still not allowed to auction it. No faculty or staff are being laid off as a result of the closure. Harrison said all staff reassignments to other Graves County schools have been made.

"We're excited to get things moving for kids to come back to school," she said.

Jackson said the Save Cuba School committee was not surprised by Wednesday's court order.

"The future of the school is still to be decided," he said.

According to the court order, the district may move, but not dispose of, 50 student desks, three shelves, one teacher desk and 27 boxes of teaching materials to Sedalia Elementary School. It may move nine teacher desks, 126 student desks, 24 filing cabinets, 106 student chairs, 512 boxes of teaching materials, 30 shelves, 16 tables, six carts, 11 teacher chairs, five double-door cabinets, one paper cart, one copier, four rugs, six portable boards, two coat racks and three globes to Wingo Elementary School. Farmington School may receive 25 laptop computers, 65 computer stations and 15 projectors.

Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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