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August 11--  Members of the Montgomery County school board have been ordered to show cause why they should not be suspended with pay.

The state Board of Education has ordered Montgomery County school board members to attend a show cause hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th at nine a.m. at the state board's offices in Atlanta.

This is the first hearing to be conducted under a new state law which gives the Governor the power to intervene with problem school boards. 

Earlier this summer the Montgomery County school system was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for issues related to school board governance. 

Among the issues noted were questionable personnel decisions influenced by board members and alleged violations of Open Meetings laws.

A school board official said one outcome of the hearing could place the school system under a consent order outlining corrective actions to be taken. 

The board can also recommend that Governor Deal suspend the current members with pay and appoint temporary replacement members.