- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - An attorney for Haywood County schools says it is too late for a judge to stop the closing of an elementary school in the North Carolina mountains.

A Central Elementary School parent sued the district after officials decided to close the Waynesville school in June, saying the decision wasn’t thoroughly studied and the school board discussed the closing behind closed doors.

School board attorney Pat Smathers told the Citizen-Times of Asheville (http://avlne.ws/299706D ) that teachers have already been given new jobs and students sent to other schools since Central Elementary was closed in June.

Smathers is also asking a judge to give the school district a $1 million bond to cover costs if they are ordered to reopen the school while the lawsuit is in court.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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