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Randolph Co. controversy draws NAACP's attention

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The school buses will roll next week in Randolph County, but school board members are still in the middle of a ridiculous fight. Wednesday, state NAACP leaders are weighing in on a political battle which could have delayed the start of the school year.

For weeks, parents in Randolph County were left wondering when their kids would go back to school. Monday night they were relieved when the school board finally approved its budget for the 2009- 2010 school year.

"I'm so glad! I want the kids to go ahead and go to school and get an education I'm glad they get out during the summertime but they need to be taught," said parent Angela Streeter.

But while students are gearing up for class, most of them don't realize the ongoing controversy surrounding the leadership of the school system.

Today, state NAACP leaders came to Cuthbert to show their support for the chairman of the school board and the superintendent in their ongoing feud with other school board members.

"We believe this county, especially the school kids are in a position where they are waiting for the leadership to get it together and we see that there is undermining going on so we are here to send a message that we are here to say we are not going to take these students being treated any other way by those that have hidden agendas," said Edward DuBose, President of the Georgia NAACP.

The president of the NAACP says he rarely makes these kinds of trips. "We found that especially schools in Georgia who have African American leadership at the top come under attack."

The NAACP president says if things don't shape up between school board members in the near future, he plans to hold town hall meetings about necessary actions if things cannot be resolved.

The chairman says the school system is currently on probation because they can't get along and the school system could lose its accreditation if board members don't come together and act on behalf of the students.

Members of the school board will appear in court tomorrow. Members of the NAACP say they plan to stand behind the Chairman and monitor courtroom proceedings.

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