Viewpoint: School Boards, take note of the governor

It seems dysfunctional school boards are growing like weeds in south Georgia. We've been critical of decisions made by the Dougherty County School Board over the last few years, but they seem wise compared to some other boards.

Last week, Governor Nathan Deal announced he's kicking the entire Miller County School Board out of office over evidence that members threatened the jobs of employees and hurled expletives at each other during meetings.

It's the first time the governor has taken that drastic step, but it may not be the last.

Randolph County Schools were put on probation after long-standing problems led to lawsuits between board members. The State School Board considered recommending the removal of Coffee County board members but decided against it.

Now, the Sumter County board is under investigation by a grand jury and the agency that accredits school systems.

We implore school board members across south Georgia to get your act together. If you're not making every decision based on what's best for students and what is a wise expenditure of tax money, then you should step down. Voters need to pay attention, and get rid of bad school board members.

And if they don't have the courage to do it, we hope the Governor steps in and does what he did in Miller County. Maybe that's the only way to teach school board members a lesson.