“Clearly, this removes the dark cloud of potential accreditation issues/risks that was cast over our outstanding school district, and eliminates the distraction that these allegations have caused for our community and staff,” Petruzielo wrote in a letter to district employees.
Marlow’s complaint to SACS, filed in June, said the school board wasn’t able to effectively govern the school system. She said school board chairwoman Janet Read insulted residents, altered board agendas and misled other board members.
Read said Wednesday the SACS investigation showed Marlow’s claims were baseless.
“SACS did their due diligence, and based on their investigation, there was no merit to the allegations,” Read said Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to refocusing on teaching and learning.”
Marlow didn’t return a phone message seeking comment.
In a separate incident, Marlow was charged by police in July with giving false statements when she reported Petruzielo’s car charged her.
She also faces an ethics hearing for violating board rules by making an individual request for a SACS investigation.