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State lawmakers want to regulate school boards

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  State lawmakers want to regulate school boards.  Last year, Clayton County schools lost their accreditation because of problems with the school board.

The General Assembly is considering a bill that would give the governor the power to remove school board members, limit how many members a board can have, and require training.

Dougherty County School Board Chairman David Maschke says if board members don't fulfill their duties or break the law, they should be removed.

The Dougherty County Board must follow a code of ethics and will soon undergo training to understand the challenges the schools face.  He said, "We are going to make sure that this board and, I think our members are committed to this, is that they are going to be fully engaged and we're going to be proactive."

Maschke says his board will also take a close look at the board travel and reimbursement policy to make sure no board members take advantage of it.

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