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Judge: 4 Clayton BOE members should go

ATLANTA - A state administrative judge recommended Wednesday that four members of the embattled Clayton County school board be removed from office for violating Georgia's open meetings laws and ethics code.

Judge Michael Malihi issued his recommendation less than 24 hours before Clayton County was to find out whether the 50,000-student district would keep its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In his ruling, Malihi wrote that board chairwoman A. Michelle Strong, and board members Lois Baines-Hunter, Sandra Scott and Yolanda Everett 'have engaged in conduct unbecoming of a board member and in breach of public trust.'

The four women participated in closed-door executive sessions of the board without first announcing what would be talked about, which is required by state law, Malihi wrote. They also discussed topics that were not listed on the board's agenda and berated staff during meetings, he wrote.