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Roger Bacon and the GCL Coed Schools resolve lawsuit against OHSAA by creating 12.5-mile radius from which to receive students without penalty under Competitive Balance.

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2019 | Firm News

Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC guided Roger Bacon High School and the GCL Coed schools in resolving an over year-long legal battle with the OHSAA relating to Tier 1 Competitive Balance penalties. In resolving the lawsuit, Roger Bacon and the GCL Coed schools along with the OHSAA agreed to add an option under Tier 1 of the OHSAA’s Competitive Balance measure whereby non-public schools, like Roger Bacon and the GCL Coeds schools, are no longer penalized for receiving students from Catholic elementary schools (feeder schools) that are within a 12.5 mile radius of the high school.

The Settlement ends litigation that started in August 2018 and made its way to the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Roger Bacon and the GCL Coeds schools’ legal challenge is the only known challenge in the United States to a high school athletic association’s competitive balance measure to have any success. Click here for review a copy of the OHSAA’s press release about the Settlement.

Roger Bacon High School Principal Steve Schad supported the Settlement:
“Our partnership with Markovits, Stock & DeMarco has been exceptional and a major reason we are so pleased with the settlement and outcome. Terry Coates and Paul DeMarco were with us every step of the way and instrumental in the successful resolution.  We always believed they had our bests interests in mind and worked diligently to keep us informed at critical junctures in the process.  More importantly, although we are not large clients, they made us feel important, respected and valued.  For that, we are grateful!  We could not have done it without them!”