2017-06-15 / Courts

No ruling in Groening’s lawsuit

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

Oral arguments in a civil lawsuit filed by former Glen Lake Superintendent Joan Groening were heard in federal court last week.

However, no ruling on the arguments has been made by Federal District Judge Gordon J. Quist.

Attorneys representing Groening and Glen Lake Community Schools were in Federal District Court in Grand Rapids last Thursday to make oral arguments in Groening vs. Glen Lake Community Schools.

Groening’s attorney and attorneys for the school district had filed for a summary judgment.

Their motions ask the court to decided the case without a trail based on papers filed with the court. They are filled with supporting briefs that explain the parties’ legal arguments with supporting evidence.

The hearing had originally been scheduled for June 5. However, it was postponed to allow Judge Quist to wrap up another trial.

Groening filed a lawsuit against the school district just months after resigning from her post in August 2015.

The former school superintendent is alleging that the public school district violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and retaliated against her by launching an investigation into her use of sick and personal days.

Groening was scheduled to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. However, she submitted her resignation in August 2015, the evening before the board met to receive the results of the investigation.

The investigation found what investigators termed “significant misuse of public funds” under the Groening administration.

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