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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Just days after reports that several school board members reported a Georgia state senator to the ethics commission, the Muscogee County School Board went through annual mandatory training by the state.

News Leader 9's Curtis McCloud was at that meeting Monday night and shared more on how the state is making sure that board members are following the law.

It was described as business as usual--- the Georgia School Board Association requires members of school boards across the state to participate in special training.

Monday night it was Muscogee County's turn to log hours.  First the board members went through the results of a self-assessment that the team was instructed to take. They went over several different topics including board and superintendent roles, communication, and chain of command.

"It's all about communication whether its ethics whether its communicating with your constituents or whether its communicating with each other," said interim superintendent John Phillips.

"It's healthy for us to all get together and do a self-assessment and focus on what we are trying to and that is help educate the children of this community," said Rob Varner, Muscogee County School Board chair.  

The workshop lasted 3 hours. They also discussed ethics and what to do if they are feeling pressured to do things that they shouldn't.

We received documents last week that three board members reported Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon

In each complaint, they accuse McKoon of threatening them that he could withhold additional state funding from the school district if they kept their no-contract bid for legal services with the same local law firm.

We spoke with Senator McKoon on Friday he denied those allegations. We're told Monday night's board training was required so that each board member is state certified.

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