Youngstown Schools vs. Ohio trial to start Sept. of ’16

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A community meeting to discuss the state's takeover of the Youngstown City School district was held in July.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown City School District may have gotten its lawsuit filed against the state Friday, but it will have to wait until 2016 to get a hearing started, according to Franklin County court records.

The trial is set to begin Sept. 19 of 2016 in front of Judge Jennifer French, although an initial conference is scheduled for Nov. 16 of this year.

Friday, the Youngstown City School District Board of Education sued the state of Ohio, claiming in a news release that the action of appointing a CEO to oversee an academic distress commission that would run the district violates the U.S. and Ohio constitutions.

The Youngstown School Board has asked for an injunction to keep the state from establishing the commission on October 14 as set forth in Ohio House Bill 70 because:

  • They believe their authority would be eliminated if the bill proceeds as planned.
  • According to the board, holding up HB 70 wouldn’t hurt anyone.
  • The public would be protected by legislators waiting to properly enact laws, the board stated.

The board joined together with the Ohio Education Association, the Youngstown Education Association, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees to file legal action in Franklin County.

“Well, the best case scenario is that this comes to a halt until we go through court and the legal system and kind of hash out thing and see what’s going to happen,” Youngstown City School Board President Brenda Kimble said. “To bring in a CEO in between that before we have an answer from the courts would basically destroy the system even more.”

There has been no word on what the leadership status of the district will be until the lawsuit moves through the court system.

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