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Crime & Courts

Trial date in lawsuit against D-303 scheduled for July 24

GENEVA – The lawsuit challenging St. Charles School District 303’s reconfiguration of two elementary schools is set to go to trial this summer.

Kane County Judge David Akemann set the July 24 trial date Wednesday, less than a week after ruling against the school district’s request to include the Illinois State Board of Education as a third-party defendant.

Both parties want to file motions for summary judgment, said Bennett Rodick, an attorney representing District 303. Summary judgments lay out the facts of the case that the lawyers believe aren’t in dispute, he said.

The judge then can make a ruling, but he might request more information and call for a more traditional trial, like the ones on TV, Rodick said.

Filed in March 2011 by a group of parents, the lawsuit charged the district with several wrongdoings related to its reconfiguration of Davis and Richmond elementary schools.

Kane County Judge Thomas Mueller stopped the lawsuit from proceeding in 2011, but an appellate court judge sent the case back to the 16th Judicial Circuit. The appellate court narrowed the debate to whether the schools’ reorganization qualified as a school improvement plan under the Illinois School Code.

Meanwhile, the schools are ending their second year as Davis Primary and Richmond Intermediate.

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