PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - Pike Road has terminated its contract for the purchase of Georgia Washington Middle School.
The termination of the contract comes one day after the contract expired. Susan Copeland, Pike Road attorney, said the town is pursuing "other options" to serve students in the fall.
A hearing is scheduled in the Montgomery County Circuit Court for Thursday morning for the case involving the sale. However, an appeal was made to the Alabama Supreme Court. Copeland said the terminated contract means the Town of Pike Road is no longer a part of the negotiation at this time. However, she said the sale of Georgia Washington was just one part of the suit that was filed.
Copeland's full statement is below:
MPS board members commented Tuesday night.
MPS Vice President Lesa Keith, who voted for the sale, released the following statement:
MPS President, Robert Porterfield, who voted against the sale released this statement:
Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone had this to say:
A legal battle started when the Alabama Education Association filed a lawsuit against Richardson and the MPS intervention team to block the sale of the historic school on behalf of several plaintiffs, which Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin granted. Richardson's plan also included closing Chisolm Elementary School, Dozier Elementary School and Floyd Elementary School.
Richardson previously stated that not selling Georgia Washington would mean that MPS would have to lay off at least 200 teachers to meet budget requirements.