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August 22--  The Georgia Board of Education voted Wednesday to recommend the Montgomery County school board not be suspended.

The 45-minute meeting with Montgomery County school board members in Atlanta concluded a hearing which started last summer.  Back then the state board warned suspension was possible unless the school board corrected governance issues brought to light by local citizens and former school superintendent Dr. Charles Warnock.

In the past 12 months, the school system has been removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and voters have elected three new board members to take office in January.

Justin Pauley, a spokesman for the state board, said, "The state board of education voted unanimously to recommend to the Governor not to suspend with pay the Montgomery Board of Education.  They said they would like to see them establish some type of mentor relationship with another successful board and for existing board members to help work with incoming board members."