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May 15--  The Toombs County school board is suspending two teachers without pay for violating the school system's code of ethics.

At its May meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley says teachers Rustin Wright and Trina Graham will be suspended 20 days without pay next school term.  He didn't identify Wright's infraction, however, Graham testified in a public hearing last year she had an affair with school principal Tim Young.  Young was fired and has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission in a case that is still pending.

"The board is a hundred percent for educators who are doing their job and want to promote the Toombs County school system toward excellence.  It's not going to support teachers who do not support the code of ethics.  We want to send a strong message out there to employees who do not want to follow the procedures we have put in place to make the Toombs County school system better and the board is taking a strong stand," he said.

In other actions, the school board hired Keary Brownlee of Tift County High School to be the new Toombs County High School head basketball coach.  He will also teach in the alternative school and be an assistant football coach.

The board approved a five percent pay raise for non-certified employees.  The raises apply to 189 personnel and will cost about $200,000, according to Dr. Brantley.

Also, Dr. Brantley is retiring as fulltime superintendent, but will remain on the job in a half-pay capacity in the coming year.