Elmhurst Lawsuit Update/FWCS Board Revises Public Comment Policy

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated May 24, 2010 at 10:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Save Our School – Elmhurst High School members are continuing a legal fight to save Elmhurst High School.

On Friday May 21st, the lawsuit against FWCS and the FWCS Board was re-filed.

Supports claimed the district was using delay tactics because of jurisdiction claims, but that's not stopping them from moving forward.

The lawsuit was re-filed with the hope that the case will be heard and ruled on this summer.

Right now, the case is in federal court, but supporters say this is a state issue so they've revamped their suit to apply only in state court.

Supporters say having their case heard in an Indiana court of law, is the only way their voice will be heard in a timely manner.

“The matters that remain would basically be the violation of the state constitutional rights which we have expressed from the beginning, as well as our belief that the decision by Fort Wayne Community Schools and their Board of Trustees to close Elmhurst is an unlawful decision,” said Save Our School – Elmhurst High School Member Angie Hayden Sutton.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne school leaders are continuing their stance of not commenting on pending lawsuits.

During Monday night’s FWCS Board Meeting, members unanimously passed a revision to Public Participation at Board Meetings Policy.

Anyone seeking public comment will now receive three minutes to speak instead of five minutes.

The other major change is, ”The Board will not permit personal attacks against any person by a speaker, and will refer questions about operations to the Superintendent”.

The next Fort Wayne Community School Board meeting will be Monday, June 14.

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