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Students board a bus from Mountain View Elementary in Mills after school in October. The Town of Mills will hold a public meeting regarding its lawsuit against the Natrona County School District over Mountain View's planned closure.

Mills Town Council will hold a public meeting to discuss its recently filed lawsuit against the Natrona County School District, which alleges the district acted unlawfully when it closed a pair of Mills-area schools.

The lawsuit was filed in January on behalf of the town and its residents, three months after the school district’s board voted to close Mountain View Elementary at the end of this academic year. With the closure of Mills Elementary in June 2017, Mountain View is the last school in the town.

The meeting will be a question-and-answer session for interested residents. The town council will also seek to gather signatures for “those who wish to join the suit” against the district.

“Mills asserts that the NCSD No. 1 has violated the equal protection provisions of the Wyoming Constitution which treats education as a fundamental right, by removing all schools within the Town boundaries and limiting children’s access to schools within reasonable proximity to their residences,” town officials wrote in a press release Tuesday.

The school district filed a motion in court last month to have the lawsuit dismissed. Its attorneys argue that town officials cannot file a lawsuit on behalf of its residents and that Mills as an entity has not suffered harm because of the imminent closure of Mountain View.

In the press release, town officials say they’ve filed their own motion to keep the lawsuit alive.

Follow education reporter Seth Klamann on Twitter @SethKlamann

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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