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Muscogee County School Board calls special meeting for Wednesday

The Muscogee County School Board has called a special meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a personnel matter, officials said.

The board intends to enter an executive session for the purpose of “discussing or deliberating upon the appointment, employment, compensation, hiring, discipline action, dismissal, periodic evaluation or rating of a Board of Education officer or employee.”

The special meeting comes on the heels of Superintendent Susan Andrews’ decision to remove Columbus High School principal Marvin Crumbs from the school. Crumbs’ removal stemmed from his showing of a video clip of comedian Ron White’s act “You Can’t Fix Stupid” during a staff meeting. In the act, White makes crude references to women’s breasts, among other vulgarities.

Crumbs is now working at the school district’s central office. He has appealed his removal.

The story went national when White heard of Crumbs’ reassignment, posted comments on his Twitter account and was interviewed about it by CNN last week. In an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, White said he would devote some of his sold-out performance at the RiverCenter this Saturday to the controversy.

School Board Chairwoman Cathy Williams said the board is facing seemingly contradictory laws and regulations governing what a school board can do regarding a superintendent’s personnel decisions. Calling a special meeting of the board requires only that five members of the board agree to call one. But what the board can do about the Crumbs situation once it’s called is murkier, she said.

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