Sumter BOE fires school superintendent

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.


tywebb 3 years, 4 months ago

why has this not happened in doco? i'm talking about the board being investigated. we know why the super won't ever get fired


fullcourtpress 3 years, 4 months ago

because the Supt. in charge now was not in charge when the CRCT cheating scandal took place


twarnertwerk 3 years, 4 months ago

Wasn't this guy in the running for DoCo super? Wasn't he like #1 or 2? I guess we weren't gonna get anyone worth a hill of beans period!


southwestga 3 years, 4 months ago

Think the problem is more with the Board than the Superintendent. He's had good reviews. SACS will not be impressed with this. Here comes Governor Deal!


Shinedownfan 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I heard he was not siding with the black board members, instead he was doing what was in the best interest for the kids, so the board voted to get rid of him. That would NEVER happen with the DCSS board.


myside 3 years, 4 months ago

It seems that racial issues are far more important than the education of our children.


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