As of Friday, April 13, 2012
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AMERICUS, Ga. — The Sumter County Board of Education voted 6-3 to terminate Superintendent Roy Brooks Thursday evening. Brooks, who had been on the job for two years, was given a 30-day notice and placed on administrative leave.
The Board went into executive session Thursday night to discuss Brooks' employment. Upon returning to open session a motion to terminate the superintendent was made by Board member Alice Green and seconded by Michael Lewis.
Brooks was one of three final candidates to replace former Doughtery County School chief Sally Whatley. The DCSS superintendent's job eventually went to Joshua Murfree.
Complaints about the Sumter Board's leadership came to a head the day after investigators from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools spent Wednesday here probing alleged problems within the school system.
In addition to the SACS probe, a Sumter County Grand Jury is reportedly also investigating the Board. SACS could issue a report within the next 30 days that could include possible sanctions or corrective reccomendations.
If SACS were to place the Board on probation, Gov. Nathan Deal could step in and replace the entire Board.