Need help with a issue relating to a school closing in North Carolina. That may not have been handled properly. Have a simple document that can be reviewed that I would like a second oppinion on. Need help quick in preparation for a meeting. Here is the relevant portion of the Prodcedure at found in the School Closing Procedure document from the North Carolina State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction:
115C-72. Consolidation of districts adn discontinuance of schools.
(a) Local boards of education shall have the power...
shall observe and be bound by the following rules:
(1) In any question involving the closing or consolidtion of any public school, the local board of education of the school administrative unit in which such school is located shall cause a thorough study of such school to be made, having in mind primarily the welfare of the students to be affected by a proposed closing or consolidation and including in such study, amounth other factors, geographic conditions, anticpated increase or decrease in schcool enrollment, the inconvenience or hardship that might result to the pupils to be affectted by such closing or consolidation, the cost of providing addtional school facilities in the event of such closing or consolidation, and other factors as the board shall consider germane. ...
The question is, if no formal study was undertaken and on record, could it be argued that the school board did not follow, at least Rule (1) as outlined above.
NOTE: A formal report was never generated, nor an informal report that covered each of the areas, at a minimum, that are listed above.
Of course, it comes down to a judges interpretation, or that of a governing legal body or authority, but just curious to get someone else's perspective on this. Thanks. Call if you can.(NNN) NNN-NNNN/p>