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Muscogee Co. School Board members undergo state training

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Just days after reportsthat several school board members reported a Georgia state senator to theethics commission, the Muscogee County School Board went through annualmandatory training by the state.

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

It was described asbusiness as usual--- the Georgia School Board Association requires members ofschool 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 theresults of a self-assessment that the team was instructed to take. They wentover several different topics including board and superintendent roles,communication, and chain of command.

"It's all aboutcommunication whether its ethics whether its communicating with yourconstituents or whether its communicating with each other," said interimsuperintendent John Phillips.

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

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

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

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

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

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