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Judge grants injunction in Sumter Co. BOE case

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

It looks as if Sumter County School Board members won't be kicked out of office, at least not right away.

An Atlanta judge will likely grant an injunction postponing a State Board of Education meeting set for Wednesday.

The Board was supposed to decide whether to recommend that the Governor remove the local board members because the system is in danger of losing its accreditation.

Six of the nine Sumter Board members are suing the state challenging the law that gives the Governor that power.

Tuesday, their attorney also asked a Fulton County judge to stop Wednesday's meeting.

The official order hasn't come down, but the attorney says the judge told him the meeting won't happen.

Those board members say the other three members won't work with them to solve problems.

"If there are people who played no role in the school system losing its accreditation, you're going to end up having an absurd result and I think the court says the state law must be construed in such a way to as to avoid an absurdity," said the plaintiffs' attorney Brian Watkins.

We talked to board member Michael Busman by phone Tuesday evening.

He says he and the other two members who are not part of the suit don't mind sitting down to work out issues among the board, but he says there are other problems threatening the accreditation.

 

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