Supreme Court denies request to consider school closure case

May 19, 2017

On May 19, 2017 the Minnesota Supreme Court denied a motion submitted on behalf of 834 VOICE to consider review of the school closure case. With this ruling, the district may move forward with the closure of Marine, Oak Park and Withrow elementary schools at the end of this school year.

In its decision, the Court stated: “It is hereby ordered that the motion of petitioner 834 VOICE for an extension of time to file and serve a petition for review be, and the same is, denied. In the alternative, and assuming that the petition for review was timely filed, the petition is denied on the merits.” Read the court’s full decision.

This follows an April 3, 2017 decision by the Court of Appeals that affirmed the school board’s decision to close Marine, Oak Park and Withrow elementary schools. The Court of Appeals held that the March 3, 2016 school-closing hearing process afforded a reasonable opportunity for interested parties to be heard, the hearing process conformed to the requirements of Minn. Stat. § 123B.51, subd. 5, and the board’s decision to close the schools was supported by substantial evidence in the record. Read the court's full decision.

While we know this decision by the Supreme Court doesn’t make the closing of Marine, Oak Park and Withrow any easier, it does end many months of uncertainty as we conclude this year and move into a new school year. We are committed to working along with our entire community to continue our transition into a new year and support our students, staff and families.

Read more about what is ahead for the 2017-2018 school year.