Minnesota Supreme Court Denies Review of Stillwater Schools

Minnesota Supreme Court Denies Review of Stillwater Schools Photo: KSTP/File

May 19, 2017 04:00 PM

The Minnesota Supreme Court will not take on the case reviewing the closure of three elementary schools in Stillwater, according to court records.

The request came before court as a part of a Stillwater community group's attempt to keep the three elementary schools open. Voice 834 had challenged the school district's decision to close the schools in lower courts, but the courts upheld the decision.

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The court documents say Voice 834 filed documents for review online on May 3, but did not submit a petition for review. Because the document was not included, the court was unable to accept the filing.

On May 4, Voice 834 moved for an extension of time to file a petition for review.

Chief Justice Lore Gildea wrote in the order, "As of May 3, 2017, petitioner had not submitted a petition for review. This failure is not an exceptional circumstance that can be excused or that warrants an extension of time in the interests of justice."

The order denied an extension of time to file, and also denied the review assuming the petition for review was filed timely.

RELATED: Stillwater Community Group Makes Proposal to Keep 3 Schools Open

Earlier this month, 834 VOICE made a proposal to the school district that it would not file a petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court if the school district decided to keep two of the schools open for two more years.

The three schools in question include Withrow Elementary School, Oak Park Elementary School and Marine Elementary School.

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