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Cuba Elementary Auction to Be Rescheduled

Paul Schaumburg

The Graves County Board of Education is looking to push back the sale of Cuba Elementary following a judge's decision to extend a timeline to rule on an emergency injunction to stop the sale.

Lexington attorney Jim Deckard filed the injunction last week on behalf of Cuba Elementary parents trying to stop the school's sale and closure. The school board had initially set a June 18 date to auction off the school and its surplus property due to low enrollment.

Graves County Schools superintendent Kim Harrison said the board will hold a special meeting Thursday afternoon the reschedule the auction date. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd plans to rule on the injunction at a June 27 court date. Shepherd has asked both sides to submit arguments in the case as a whole ahead of that hearing.

 "We're pleased that the court understands the significance of this matter for the school board and that the judge wants to move this case to a final decision at a rapid pace," said David Hargrove, the school board's attorney, in a news release. "That's a positive decision for everyone involved."

The June 27 hearing might include live testimony or simply written affidavits, depending upon the judge's preferences.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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