Kelly Marlow recall, Cherokee County School District, Georgia (2014)

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An effort to recall Kelly Marlow from her position on the Cherokee County School District Board of Education in Cherokee County, Georgia was launched in March 2011. Recall supporters have yet to formally start the recall process, explaining they are waiting to see if she resigns or is removed if criminal charges against Marlow are filed.[1]

Background

The recall effort is being led by a group called Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow (SCRAM!). The group was formally registered with the state in June 2013 as SCRAM! Special Committee to Recall Marlow. Michelle Albers and Christine Rea are the major leaders of SCRAM!. Supporters of the recall are upset over a letter Marlow wrote to school accreditation firm AdvancED with claims the district and board had violated AdvancED accreditation policies. Christine Rea told reporters, "Our objective is to have Ms. Marlow removed from our school board as soon as possible, before her actions result in CCSD being placed on probation from AdvancEd/SACS." In August it was reported that AdvancED found no violations of policy by the district.[2] [3]

In a separate incident, Marlow and two political associates, Robert Trim and Barbara Knowles, were arrested and charged with the felony crime for giving false information to police. They allegedly reported that Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo had tried to hit them with a car after a Board of Education meeting in mid-June.[2]

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While recall supporters have registered as a recall committee with the state and launched a website, they have yet to formally start the recall process. They indicated they are waiting to see if the Governor suspends Marlow's position because of the felony charge or if Marlow decides resign.[2][1]

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