JOAN GROENING v. LEN LAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, et al. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Mar 12, 2018

Court: 6th Circuit Court (Published Opinions)

Attorneys 1:

ON BRIEF: Eugenie B. Eardley, EARDLEY LAW OFFICEs, Rockford, Michigan, for Appellant. 

Attorneys 2:

Mark T. Ostrowski, KLUCZYNSKI, GIRTZ & VOGELZANG, Grand Rapids, Michigan, for Appellees.

Judge(s): KEITH, KETHLEDGE, and THAPAR, Circuit Judges.

Court Appealed: Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids.

THAPAR, Circuit Judge. Small towns are no stranger to fractious school-board politics. Maple City, Michigan is no exception. The school-district superintendent and school-board president both had strong personalities, which made for tense board meetings and heated disagreements. Some controversies even made their way into the local paper. And now one has made its way into federal court. Joan Groening, the former superintendent, took time off work for medical reasons. Not long after, and in the midst of a squabble with the board, she resigned. She now claims that the board violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.

We AFFIRM the district court’s judgment.