Gov. Deal moves to replace Miller County Board of Education

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The cursing, the squabbling and the anger in Miller County (Ga.) might not end, but the school board as it is currently composed there will.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday creating a committee that will recommend new members for the Miller County board. The governor's action comes a month after the state Board of Education recommended the dissolution of the Miller board, which has some members are locked in a dispute with the superintendent that has threatened the accreditation status of the school district.

“We have a school board on the verge of losing accreditation because of the dysfunction of the school board,” said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson. “... We are going to move toward getting a panel in place so that we can reconstitute the Miller County School Board and save its accreditation so kids can go to college.”

It is the second time in two years that a governor has acted to remove an entire school board, and it left many in the southwest Georgia county, which is roughly 200 miles from Atlanta, confused and angry.

"I've got an appointment with the governor on May 17," said Bob Eldridge, one of the two board members whose disagreements with Miller County Superintendent Robert McIntosh degenerated into profane shouting matches. "I'm going to let him know exactly what I think of this. It's ridiculous. I'm tired of this (mess)."


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