Judge Allows Transfer of Cuba Elementary Desks, Lockers

Jul 24, 2014

Credit Paul Schaumburg

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has issued an order allowing Graves County Schools to proceed with preparations to transfer Cuba Elementary students to different schools.

The order comes as a group of Graves County residents are attempting to halt the closure and sale of the school through litigation.

“He had said ‘Just don’t sell anything right now on the property’ and said they could go ahead and transfer the kids and all that, but just out of an abundance in caution, we filed a motion to have him clarify that order to make sure we could move the desks, and there’s some lockers, things like that," said David Hargrove, attorney for the Graves County Board of Education.

Shepherd granted a temporary injunction earlier this month to stop the school’s sale, but has yet to rule on Cuba's ultimate fate. Hargrove said Shepherd’s summary judgment could come "at any time."

Cuba’s 155 students will begin the school year August 6 at Wingo and Sedalia elementary schools. The school board decided in March to auction the school off as surplus property after the decision to close the school came last year. GCS cited low enrollment and high maintenance costs as the reasons for Cuba Elementary's closure.