Ethics fine against Cherokee school board member upheld

A school board member in Cherokee County who accused her board and the county school administration of misconduct has herself been found guilty of an ethics violation.

The Georgia Board of Education sustained a local ethics sanction brought against Kelly Marlow, the Cherokee district learned Monday. She had appealed her own school board’s decision to fine her $3,600 after she sent a complaint last year to AdvancED, the organization that oversees the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SACS investigated Marlow’s accusations and found no merit.

The state school board, in its April 3 decision, cited evidence Marlow violated the local ethics policy by acting alone rather than with the board as a whole in soliciting SACS.