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School district files motion for temporary restraining order

A Mississippi school district has asked a federal judge to prevent its scheduled merger with a neighboring school system.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 2:44 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district has asked a federal judge to prevent its scheduled merger with a neighboring school system.

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The Clarion-Ledger reports that counsel for the Montgomery County School District filed a motion on Dec. 8 for a temporary restraining order against state Superintendent Carey Wright, among others.

The state legislature voted in 2016 to consolidate the Montgomery County and Winona school districts, effective July 2018.

Plaintiffs say that the current Winona Municipal Separate School Board, which is also named in the motion, is illegally acting as the board for the soon-to-be consolidated school district. The filing also takes issue with the consolidated board's composition.

Winona School Board attorney Lane Greenlee says the consolidated board was advised that it could hold meetings ahead of the consolidation's effective date.

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