Former Warren school board members sue

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 2:38 PM
Last updated 6:09 PM
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Two Warren County citizens have filed a lawsuit in support of school board members who were removed from office last year by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. The plaintiffs, Emily Massey and Willie Foster Moss have filed a lawsuit against members of the Warren County Board of Education, Warren County School Superintendent Carole Jean Carey and the Warren County Elections Superintendent Janice Thigpen.

School Superintendent Carol Jean Carey said she received the papers Tuesday.

She said she was confident Warren County acted properly.

Carey said she notified the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Achievement of the lawsuit, which approved the steps being taken by the school system.

 "This system immediately proceeded under the direction of lawyers and judges,"Carey said

Bryan Watkins, who filed the lawsuit for Charles Culver and Cecil Brown, said local legislation requires a special election to fill seats that are vacated more than 90 days before the original person's term ends. Watkins said Culver and Brown were removed from office in early August, and their terms were not slated to end until 2012. Carolyn Martin and Patricia Hambsch were appointed to the seats later in August of 2010 by other members of the school board.

"We are confident that we followed every step of the law," Thigpen said.

Watkins said he contacted both the school system and the elections office to see if a special election would be held, and never heard back.

"The citizens of Warren County have a right to elect who is going to represent them," he said, adding that both parties have 21 days to respond to the lawsuit notice.

The third member removed from office last year was not invovled in the suit. Clara Roberts' term ended in 2010, and she was on the ballot and ran again, but lost the election to Sandy Yelton.

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alycias 02/09/11 - 05:33 pm
Ha-ha ha! That County is

Ha-ha ha! That County is laughable as a school district! Its more like a 3 ring circus! So is the person at the top of it!

Ushouldnthave 02/09/11 - 06:30 pm
Georgia has three school

Georgia has three school systems that have either lost or just skirted by losing accreditation (Warren, Clayton and Atlanta). It has reached a critical stage when our education system has reached these embarrassingly low points. Not Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana. Only in Georgia.

Asitisinaug 02/09/11 - 07:53 pm
School Superintendent Carol

School Superintendent Carol Jean Carey is doing a remarkable job in very difficult circimstances. All of these individuals should counter-sue since frivilous and ridiculous law suits are such a part of the American way of life now.

The best thing for this county was to rid theirselves of these board members and work closely with SACS for improving the school.

seenitB4 02/10/11 - 09:46 am
Dekalb county is also sinking

Dekalb county is also sinking with school troubles......Georgia needs a big wake-up call in the education will take a tough Governor to make changes that are so needed. I hope he is up to the task.

Buckmode 02/11/11 - 12:30 pm
The headline is

The headline is misleading--it's not the former board members who are suing, it's two people living in the county filing a suit on their behalf.

This is just another example of the depths to which Warren County has fallen. It's too bad things can't change completely--from the Superintendent to the Board to the school administrators--for there to be any improvement.

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