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VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Board of Education has admitted to no wrongdoing, but announced Monday it will change its procedures for voting on items discussed in closed door meetings.

The Georgia Attorney General's Office has said the BOE's procedure of voting to approve the "superintendent's recommendations," from executive session each month without providing a description of those recommendations is a violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

The school board released the following statement:

" The Valdosta Board of Education is of the opinion that it has been in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. However, we are mindful of the Attorney General’s opinion and made the decision to modify our procedure accordingly. Our former method of voting on personnel decisions was based on the fact that the Board was aware of its decision when it voted and out of courtesy for those who applied, they were notified of their selection or non-selection prior to public release.  The release was usually given to the public by 10:00 a.m. the following morning.  Based on recommendations from the Attorney General’s office, the Board will include in its agenda the positions it is seeking to fill at the meeting.  Thereafter, the Board will identify in advance of its vote the selectees and the positions to be filled in open session prior to its vote."

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