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Education Nepotism Law Takes Effect
Monday, 13 July 2009

July 13--  A new Georgia law went into effect this month prohibiting nepotism by the state's school superintendents and school board members. 

It doesn't apply to anyone hired or elected before July 1st, however, future office holders will not be allowed to have immediate family members working in the school system as a principal, assistant principal or member of a central office administrative staff.

A survey of school systems in Vidalia, Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties reveals only one case currently existing and that is in the Toombs County schools, according to School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley.

Vidalia superintendent Dr. Tim Smith believes the new law is uncalled for.  "I don't think you can find a situation or even a half dozen situations in a state as large as we are that involves nepotism or anything else and say we are going to legislate a solution.  I think we've had far too much of that in the last few years anyway.  If it's a problem locally, let the local voters resolve the problem.  In the case of school board members, we have board elections every two years," he notes. 

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