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 By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  After nearly an hour long executive session Thursday night, Dougherty County School Board members decided to fight a lawsuit that alleges they violated the open records act by releasing the name of only one finalist for superintendent. Some people at the meeting want answers.

"Not going through the process concerns me," said Mary Ligon who attended the meeting.

"They need to make decisions with us in the room and this doesn't need to be private," noted Albany Journal Editor and Publisher Kevin Hogencamp.

A judge blocked the board from hiring their choice, Dr. Joshua Murfree, until a hearing on the lawsuit in a couple of weeks. The Board voted four to two to hire Willie Weaver to represent them at that hearing. Chairman David Maschke did not vote.

"Judge Weaver is a friend of mine and contributed to my campaign for school board chairman," Maschke said.

As far as what members discussed behind closed doors, School Board Vice Chairman James Bush could not talk about it. Bush also refused to answer any questions about why the board cut their search short and chose Murfree.

Current Superintendent Sally Whatley discussed an investigation into possible CRCT tampering ordered by the state.

Whatley already met with principals from affected schools and ordered schools with medium or severe problems to rotate teachers through classrooms during testing. They won't just move those who are flagged.

The board will select an independent team to inspect the answer sheets in question and review testing procedures.

Former superintendent for the Little Rock School District in Arkansas Roy Gregory Brooks was one of the apparent finalists for the superintendent's job that board members have tried to keep from the public.

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