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Starting to see clearly

It's not the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still light.

Following Judge Donald Greenwood's Jan. 20 ruling that the Jordan-Elbridge school board must reinstate fired district treasurer Anthony Scro, it was hard not to notice that collective sigh of relief let out by the entire J-E community. The ruling came the same day as another by Greenwood in favor of suspended principal David Zehner, who for the second time contested the board's disregard for Open Meetings Law.

The school board offered no reason in court for firing Scro beyond the assertion that he didn't sign his oath of office on time - an assertion that was ruled flimsy.

Judge Greenwood ruled that Scro never should have been removed in the first place, and ordered the district to pay him salary and benefits for the five months of work he was forced to miss. With that ruling, would anyone disagree that firing Scro was a waste of time, energy, legal fees and dollars in general?

It's hard to say where the Jordan-Elbridge school board will go from here, but we're hoping that at the very least, it listens to the decisions made in court. Reinstating Scro as the district's treasurer and providing accurate reasons for going into executive session would be for one, lawful, but more importantly, an improvement.

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