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Motions Filed in School Merger Trial

Macomb, IL – A judge heard attorneys' motions regarding a suit to overturn the Industry-Schuyler County schools merger. Defense attorneys said the suit should be dismissed because it's too late for the Industry school board to operate for another year. It will have no superintendent, board members, teachers or money. Speaking for the plaintiffs, Scott Jones says his group just wants a fair consideration of possible merger partners. He says opponents were denied a fair chance to oppose the merger with Schuyler County. He says if the merger is voided, the Industry district could continue for another year while evaluating other schools as merger partners. The judge plans to rule on motions within a week and said he will expedite a trial. The joint Industry-Schuyler County district begins operation July 1.