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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Dougherty County School Board members continue to debate a new ethics policy the board must adopt before the end of the year.

The State Department of Education requires school boards to follow a state-developed code of ethics, but some board members feel Dougherty County's Policy should go further than the minimum.

Right now, the policy defines family members as immediate family, but some board members want it to include all their relatives. "Junebug" Griffin mentioned that he would like to employ his granddaughter with the school system once she graduates.

Some board members said he shouldn't be able to cast a vote on the policy. They want the policy governing the school board to be as tough as the one that covers school system employees.

"In the school system itself, there have been problems in the past with relatives hiring relatives and if the board, the board has spoken about that, and has had concerns about that in the past the board should certainly be willing to set the bar for itself higher to lead by example," said School Board Chairman David Maschke.

Board members could vote on the policy later this month.

 

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