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Mon February 16, 2009
Lone Oak Parent Files Suit
By Carrie Pond
Paducah, KY – A Lone Oak parent is filing a lawsuit against the McCracken County Board of Education in hopes of halting the consolidation of the county's three high schools. Ed Riley, represented by Marshall County Attorney Robert Prince, filed the lawsuit January 26th. Riley says he's concerned about tax increases and decreases in the quality of education for his children.
"Most people live in their particular communities because of jobs and schools that are there, and we don't feel like building a consolidated school has any advantage over what we have. We feel that the grades will go down and the teachers will get the blame for it, when in fact you're just building an overcrowded school."
The lawsuit asks the court to issue a permanent injunction, which would halt development of the consolidated school and require the continued operation of the three separate high schools. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.