On Thursday Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said the Cordia School building in Knott Co “shall not be occupied by Knott Co School District students after February 2, 2018.” The announcement to close the school came after issues were found throughout the school building with leaks in the fire sprinkler system, animal feces in the building, structural cracks and a back-up electric generator that was not working. On Saturday, the Lotts Creek Community Board voted unanimously to hire Attorney Ned Pillersdorf with Pillersdorf, Derossette & Lane Law Firm and Clay Barkley with Strobo Barkley PLLC Law Firm to challenge a notice given to them stating that the school has been ordered to close. According to reports from WYMT, Pillersdorf said he has been given permission by board members, parents and some staff members to take legal action if the threat to close the school is not withdrawn. The “geographically isolated” nature of the school combined with “low income levels” has caused “tremendous hardship” for staff and board members, stated Pillersdorf. Board members and school staff where scheduled to hold an open meeting at the school on Sunday to further discuss the future of Cordia. We will bring you further information once it’s made available.
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