In a lawsuit to suspend the election on school district consolidation, the main point of contention for Mingus Union High School is that the law on which the consolidation election is based wasn't yet a law when petitions were circulated.

The Mingus Union School Board unanimously approved the authorization of its legal team to file a lawsuit to stop the consolidation election.

Shortly before Mingus putting the cart before the horse, the district was accused of breaking the open meeting law in a case filing on behalf of the Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools. Pro-consolidation group attorneys argue that Mingus never officially voted to file a lawsuit to stop the consolidation election.

Joseph Kanefield, Mingus' attorney, contends that the public vote took place June 20 and it was then that the Mingus board agreed "to retain as counsel the firms of Ballard Spahr and Gust Rosenfeld, based upon the stated reasons for the Executive Session agenda items and to explore the validity of SB1254."

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