By EMILY SIEGMON
News Staff Writer
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Ludington signed an order dismissing the lawsuit filed by Atlanta Community Schools against the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District. However, AMA Superintendent Brian Wilmot said all parties stipulated to the dismissal late November, but Ludington's signature was the final step in the process.
"I'm pleased that it's over and the resources can be preserved for their education. The biggest winners are Atlanta students, the kids are way better off," Wilmot said. "It has always remained our position that we would like to provide services."
Wilmot said after Superintendent Don Haskin Jr. is authorized to sign the agreement between Atlanta Community Schools and the AMA ESD, special education services will be provided.
"We can get out there relatively quickly. We already have stafff assigned to Atlanta Community Schools. Our attorney communicated that it was their desire and plan to sign the agreement, but we don't know when. Right now, we're waiting," Wilmot said. "We had good relationships with many Atlanta Community School teachers in the past, and we're confident we can have a good relationship in the future."
Haskin's initial reaction to the lawsuit dismissal was not a negative one. Instead, he said he is ready to move forward.
"The next step is to have a board meeting to sign the agreement, but I'm still waiting to hear on that," Haskin said.
Atlanta's board of education will have a special meeting on Thursday at 5 p.m. to discuss the lawsuit and special education agreement with the AMA ESD.
"I'm hoping to get the green light to sign the agreement," Haskin said.
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