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12/09/04

BOE Member Mails Constituents

This began arriving in mailboxes recently. This began arriving in mailboxes recently.

One Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education member wants to clear the air. District 6 representative--and recall target--Lori Brady took her message to the mailboxes. In a mailing featuring big, bold letters reading TRUTH, Brady sent out her side of the school board controversy to her constituents.

"Apparently, she believes everyone should only trust her," said concerned parent Roger Allen.

He is not impressed with the letter sent out to parents in District 6. In it, Brady outlines her side of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) investigation and superintendent controversies. The flyer reads in part, "sometimes you can't believe everything you read in the newspaper, see on TV or hear from your neighbor."

"She says nobody tells the truth except her," said Allen. "That's insulting."

Allen calls the timing of the letter suspicious. Brady told us the mailings went out December 1. Allen says she should have waited for a task force of community and business leaders put together this week to look into school board matters to finish their investigation. "The board members should stay quiet and do nothing while the task force looks into this."

Brady declined an on-camera interview but told WTOC, "It was not my intention to undermine the task force. I wanted to notify my constituents of my perspective on what has happened. My letter speaks for itself."

"Let the community leaders tell the community the truth," said Allen. "Unless of course that's what she's afraid of."

Late this evening, WTOC was told by organizers of the proposed recall election they will start the process tomorrow. The recall could officially begin when paperwork is picked up and filed with the board of elections.

We also spoke with Mark Elgart, CEO of SACS. He says he will be in town December 20 to meet with board members about the future of the schools' accreditation.

Meanwhile, the school board still plans on holding a full-board town hall meeting next Monday night at 6pm at the Whitney Administrative Complex, 2 Laura Street, just off President. You can call the board office at 201.7606.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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