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Randolph school board set to meet Wednesday

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The Randolph County School Board will meet Wednesday and will likely choose a new chairman.

A judge has now ruled that board members can remove Henry Cook as chairman.

Cook and fired superintendent Bobby Jenkins have been at odds with a majority of the board for months and have refused to cooperate with them.

After the board voted to fire Jenkins, he continued to show up for work.  A judge ruled Friday, though, that Jenkins must stay away from school offices.

Jenkins and Cook's attorney says the Judge is being "punitive, vindictive, and retaliatory."

Randolph County School Board Attorney Tommy Coleman said, "So this is the first meeting to being to get control of that, so that it can operate like school boards all over Georgia, as a democracy."

"And we question whether or not the Judge would have treated two white men in the manner in which he has treated Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Cook," said Maurice L. King, Jr., Jenkins and Cook's Attorney.

King says that both Jenkins and Cook are out of the state, and will not be present for Wednesday's School Board meeting.

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