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Judge Rules In Favor of Position Advocated by Goodwin & Goodwin Partners on behalf of West Virginia School Board Association

August 28, 2017

Goodwin & Goodwin partners Booth Goodwin and Jeff Vollmer submitted a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the West Virginia School Board Association in support of the proposition that West Virginia County School Boards are vested by law with the authority to close and consolidate schools.

The brief took no position on the merits of the consolidation, but maintained that so long as the local board follows required statutory and administrative procedures, the West Virginia State School Board does not have the authority to second-guess the County School Board. Judge Bloom agreed and ordered the State School Board to approve the consolidation plan at issue.

The State School Board has indicated that it is appealing Judge Bloom’s ruling to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. It is anticipated that Goodwin & Goodwin will file another “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the West Virginia School Board Association urging the West Virginia Supreme Court to uphold Judge Bloom’s ruling.