A judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order from the Floyd school board in its fight for local control over school rules during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Aug. 4, the state Public Education Department suspended the Floyd school board after it voted to make masks optional in schools and placed a disagreeing superintendent on administrative leave. The state has ruled masks must be worn by all elementary school students and secondary students who have not yet been vaccinated.
The state designated former Las Cruces Superintendent Stan Rounds to serve in place of the five school board members.
In late August, the court shot down the school board’s request, with District Judge Matthew J. Wilson writing that reversing the Public Education Department’s suspension of the school board would likely be “adverse to the public’s interest” because of rising infection rates.