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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

There's still no clear answer when Sumter County School Board elections will be held following a federal court ruling Monday.

The board met Tuesday night. Superintendent Donnie Smith added the issue to the agenda at the last minute, but board members didn't want to talk about it during the meeting or with us.

Board member Meda Krenson told Dr. Smith, she was caught off guard. "I think just about everybody in town knew about it, obviously, before some of the board did," she said.

School board elections have been on hold because of a lawsuit that claimed the board did not redraw district lines based on the 2010 census as required by law. Judge Louis Sands said, based on new case law, this suit is moot.

He dismissed the lawsuit and said a redistricting plan passed by the General Assembly should be used. It's up to the school board to appeal that decision or call for a special election.

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