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Cordia School Wins Judgment To Stay Open

Posted at 10:01 AM, Dec 07, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– Knott County’s Cordia School won a summary judgment that will keep it open.

According to attorney Ned Pillersdorf, a 13 page ruling by the Franklin County Circuit Court ruled that a law championed by former senator Benny Ray Bailey in 1994 prevents the closing of historic settlement schools.

Pillersdorf says that the law was intended to protect the settlement schools in existence from being closed based on “the political whims of local school boards.”

The court opinion orders that a mediation occur and that a lease be entered into.

The closure of the school had prompted protests in recent months, including a recent incident in which parents and staff attempted to stop Knott County Board from removing items from the building.