Christian County School Board

A Christian County judge has dismissed the lawsuit against the county’s school board over a decision to close three district schools.

A group of Christian County residents has filed a lawsuit this week against the county school system for its plans to close Lacy Elementary.

Their complaint alleges the school met all requirements to be a permanent center but the school board named it a transitional center. But labeling the facility transitional is required for its closing.

The Christian County Board of Education has named Marie Grubbs as the new principal of Lacy Elementary School.  Grubbs is currently the assistant principal at McNabb Elementary School in Paducah.

Five of six Christian County School Board redistricting plans include closing Lacy Elementary School. The proposals discussed at a school board meeting last night aim to control facility costs while attempting to zone students closer to their homes.

Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill said that the board did not vote on the proposal and redistricting discussions are not included in the board's next meeting agenda. Communications director Heather Aubin said the proposals include closing one to four elementary schools including Lacy, Belmont, Indian Hills and Holiday and restructuring middle schools.

Mary Ann Gemmill started her job as Christian County’s new superintendent of schools at the beginning of July. The 40-year education veteran comes to the district after serving most recently as the chief administrative officer for the Collier County School District in Naples, Fla. Gemmill is a Clinton, Tenn., native, and has worked in several school districts across the Midwestand south. She comes to Christian County Schools as Kentucky is implementing a major push for college and career readiness.