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Cherokee Co. school board unanimously votes for ethics hearing

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Cherokee County School Board voted unanimously to conduct an ethics hearing into school board member Kelly Marlow. Marlow herself voted in favor of the hearing.

Marlow nor the other board members took the opportunity to speak about the issue, before the vote.

The meeting agenda included a vote on whether the board will conduct a school board code of ethics violation hearing regarding recent action by Marlow.

The code of ethics hearing was requested by Board Chair Janet Read two weeks in advance of the meeting.

Read said Tuesday her request for the code of ethics hearing was regarding a complaint letter that Marlow sent to AdvancED SACS in June.

AdvancED SACS is the agency in charge of school accreditation in the South. In her letter to SACS, Marlow claimed that the board was "no longer able to effectively govern."

Wednesday's meeting was held in the Cherokee County High School auditorium to accommodate the hundreds of people expected to attend.

Officers searched bags of people entering the meeting.

Many of those in attendance were dressed in yellow shirts with SCRAM written on the front. SCRAM stands for smart citizens rally against Marlow. Several of them addressed the board in support of the hearing. They said they were concerned Marlow's actions jeopardized the school district's accredition.

A few people did speak in support of Marlow. They identified themselves as members of the Tea Party, and described Marlow as someone trying to clean up the system.

Marlow will have 30 days of notice prior to the hearing being held.

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