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Trial over District 303 school merger resumes Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:03 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The bench trial about the reconfiguration of two St. Charles elementary schools was paused Tuesday. There was insufficient time for testimony.

The trial is expected to resume Wednesday afternoon at the Kane County Courthouse with Judge David Akemann presiding.

St. Charles School District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann is expected to testify in the case, which is about the legality of the district's now-implemented plan to reconfigure Davis and Richmond elementary schools.

A group of Davis parents filed a lawsuit in 2011. Their attorney, Timothy Dwyer, has asserted the school district circumvented No Child Left Behind regulations when it made Davis a K-2 primary school and Richmond a 3-5 intermediate school.

The plaintiffs are asking that the schools return to their status quo.

Since the trial began July 24, plaintiffs J. Lyell Clarke and Steven Schulze have testified, as well as school board members Edward McNally and Kathy Hewell; two representatives from the Illinois State Board of Education, including State Superintendent Christopher Koch; and District 303 administrator Becky McCabe.

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