Judge: Charter school cleared to open

GROVE HILL, Ala. (WTOK) - The Sumter County Board of Education has lost its request for a preliminary injunction to halt the opening of a charter school on the campus of the University of West Alabama.

Clarke County (Ala.) Judge Gaines McCorquodale denied the request Friday.

The Sumter County Board of Education filed a lawsuit to try to stop the use of the former Livingston High School as a charter school, based on an agreement made when UWA purchased the property in 2011. The bill of sale reflected those terms but the deed did not.

SCBE produced letters from UWA's president at the time indicating the university would not use the building as a charter school or K-12 school, along with an affidavit filed in April 2017 intended to alter the deed.

Based on the judge's ruling, University Charter School may open Aug. 13 at Lyon Hall on the UWA campus.