Judge sides with UWA in opening charter school

Published 11:20 am Monday, July 30, 2018

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The University Charter School is clear to open as planned after a judge ruled in its favor as the result of a lawsuit filed by the Sumter County Board of Education.

The lawsuit against the University of West Alabama had requested a restraining order to block the charter school from being opened in a facility that had at one time been owned by the Sumter County BOE.  The plaintiffs contended that using the old Livingston High School building for the new charter school violated a 2011 sales agreement between UWA and the Sumter County BOE that the building would not be used for a school not under the control of the county school board. Since the sell in 2011, the building, now Lyon Hall, has been used as the UWA College of Education.

A hearing on the matter was held in Clarke County after a Sumter County judge recused himself. According to reports, the bill of sale did state the agreement regarding usage of the building; however, the deed did not.

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UCS is scheduled to open on August 13 and will be the state’s second charter school.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, July 25 issue of the Demopolis Times.)