UPDATE: Knott County School Board officials say Cordia will open August 15th

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KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update August 9, 2018
Without any last minute legal surprises, it appears the Cordia School will open next week.

Attorney Ned Pillersdorf, who represents the school, said Knott County School Board officials said in court Cordia will open when all the other schools open.

This comes after a tense legal battle between the school board and Lotts Creek Community School, where Cordia students attend.

School is set to begin on the 15th in Knott County.

Update: A release sent to WYMT states that Cordia School will continue with normal operations to open the school on August 15th to students.

Last week the Knott County Board of Education filed an emergency appeal to reverse a judge's order which stated Cordia will open for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals denied the Knott County School Board's appeal Tuesday.


The Knott County School Board has filed an emergency appeal in response to a judge's ruling that Cordia School will continue into the 2018-2019 school year.

It was July when a judge ruled the school year would continue for employees and students on August 15. Friday, August 3, many became aware of an appeal filed by the school boards asking to reverse that decision.

"We filed an emergency appeal this past Friday to the Kentucky Court of Appeals asking them in legal arguments to relieve the Knott County School system from having to comply with that Franklin County Circuit Court order," Knott County School Board Lawyer Tim Crawford told WYMT.

Crawford went on to explain up to this point, Superintendent Kim King has "complied with the current temporary injunction" from the circuit court and she has been "making arrangements at this time to continue the Cordia School program."

The first of August, WYMT reported no teachers, staff or students were assigned to the school. On August 3, an urgent notice was posted to the school's Facebook page asking parents or guardians sending children to the school to email several pieces of information.

Teacher Deanna Jacobs said she believed that was so the board could get an idea of how many students would be attending for the upcoming school year.

Cordia attorney Ned Pillersdorf said he believed the legal battle over the school was at a standstill, but also said he is not surprised by the action.

"There have been efforts to, they have transferred all the teachers out, removed equipment to prevent the school from opening," Pillersdorf said.

Jacobs has seen some of that confusion firsthand. Not only is she waiting to hear more as a teacher, she has a child who goes to the school waiting to find out what will happen. Until anything is certain she told WYMT she is continuing to set up her classroom as she would any other year.

"I plan on going over and working on my classroom this afternoon. I am going in with the assumption that we are going to be at Cordia and we are going to be there August 15," said Jacobs.

Pillersdorf has to respond to the appeal by Tuesday at 10 a.m. We will update this story when more information is released.

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