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April 22, 2004

Worth County -- Over $100,000 that's the estimated price paid by the Worth County School system to keep two suspended school officials on the payroll.

In May of last year, Assistant Superintendent Dr.Bruce Washington and Worth High School Assistant Principal Vera Giddens were suspend with pay after being accused of giving students answers to a graduation test.

Now almost a year later, many parents believe the investigation has dragged on too long and money being paid in salaries could be used to help students.

"I think they need to get the matter taken care of and go on with business. They need to get the matter settled,'' says parent Trudie Giffin.

Recently, Washington and Giddens waived their rights to an appeal in their case. The state Professional Standards Commission will rule in May if the two will permanently lose their jobs.

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