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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Laramie County School District 2 officials have asked for a new court hearing after the reversal of its decision to close Albin Junior-Senior High School.

In documents filed Friday in Laramie County District Court, school district attorney Bruce Asay said the district is entitled to a new hearing to prove it considered factors other than economics when it closed the school.

If a new hearing is not granted, Asay asked the court to stay the judge's order pending appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court. If a stay is approved, efforts to close the school can continue, Asay said.

On April 25, District Judge John C. Brooks reversed a September decision by board trustees to close the secondary school in eastern Laramie County.

Brooks said the board failed to show it considered the needs of Albin and neighboring communities in its decision. Such consideration is required by state statutes.

Brooks sent the case back to the school board with instructions that it address several issues about the effect of its decision.

In court documents, Asay cited a case a school closing in LaGrange where the court ruled the board had considered the effects on the district as a whole. The court upheld the board's closure decision.

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Laramie County supplied similar information to the court in this case, including records of revenues, projected budget deficits and enrollment. Albin also was represented by two board members in the decision, Asay said.

He also said the judge's decision could cause irreparable harm if the district changed course only to have an appeals court disagree with the decision later.

Teachers from Albin have been reassigned to other secondary schools in the district and the school has no athletic schedule in place, Interim Superintendent Howard Craton said in an affidavit filed with the request.

"It would be very difficult to hire a teacher under present circumstances in light of possible appellate action," he said.

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