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Ruling clears the way for Sumter school elections

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Tonight, Sumter County School Board members are expected to discuss a federal court ruling that could clear the way for the first school board elections in several years, but there's still a lot of confusion about what happens next.

Monday Judge Louis Sands lifted an injunction he put in place last year that prevented school board elections after a voter sued claiming the board did not draw new districts following the 2010 census.

The General Assembly did approve new districts over the objections of some board members. Judge Sands ruled the disagreement doesn't belong in his court. At least four of the nine school board members' terms have already expired.

"Senate bill 154 calls for a general election to be called in 2012 which obviously we can't do so we may have to consider asking the general assembly to amend the bill or make some changes or we are just going to have to get an idea of how we go forward," said Sumter County Attorney William NeSmith.

"It's frustrating in the sense that they have been wasting money of paying two extra board members that didn't need pay and doing things that shouldn't of been done," said Americus Resident Bob Ridgeway.

The school board will meet  at 6:00PM at the board of education building. We'll let you know if they make any decision on how to proceed, tonight at 11:00.

 

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