Court Upholds School Board’s Decision on School Closure
Columbia, SC (May 19, 2016) – A S.C. Circuit Court recently upheld the Oconee County School Board’s decision to close one of its schools at the conclusion of the current school year (2015-2016). The Plaintiff had asked the court to overturn the unanimous vote of the School Board to close the Tamassee-Salem Middle and High School. Representing the Defendants (i.e., members of the School Board, the Superintendent, and the School District of Oconee County), attorney Jeff Kull, of Murphy & Grantland, P.A., argued that no valid basis existed to overturn the School Board’s decision. The court agreed and dismissed the Plaintiff’s appeal, finding that the School Board had a rational basis for its decision.
The case was filed in October 2015. The Discovery progress ran quickly and a Motion to dismiss was promptly filed. The period from filing date to favorable ruling was less than 6 months.
“We are, of course, pleased with the court’s ruling in this matter,” said Murphy & Grantland Managing Partner, J.R. Murphy. “We are also delighted with Jeff Kull’s handling of this case and feel that both his and our firm’s breadth of experience in school matters was a critical component to success on our clients’ behalf.”