SYRACUSE -- Once again, parties involved in a court proceedings against the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District Board of Education will have to wait for an answer from state Supreme Court, but this time, the wait may be just a day.
Judge Donald Greenwood Tuesday decided to hold off on making a decision on the most recently filed petition against the board, which was filed in November by David Zehner, Jordan-Elbridge High School principal who is suspended with pay.
Instead of a decision, Greenwood scheduled a "settlement conference" for 2 p.m. Wednesday, during which he wants to see all parties involved in the long string of lawsuits against the board, hoping for some kind of resolution. Greenwood joked with the lawyers Frank Miller and Stephen Ciotoli, saying he really didn't need them to state their names for the record because he knows them so well by now.
In Tuesday's hearing, Zehner and his law firm, O'Hara, O'Connell and Ciotoli, petitioned for the court to declare that the board adjourned into executive session illegally on the following dates: Oct. 4, 6, 19, 20 and 26, and Nov. 3. Zehner alleged the board used "boiler plate" language from the state's Open Meetings Law as reasons to go into executive session, rather than the more specific language required in an earlier case, Zehner v. Bd. of Educ. of the Jordan-Elbridge Cent. Sch. Dist.
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