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After talking behind closed doors for over an hour and a half, the Bibb County Board of Education announced a $1,758 agreement to settle the lawsuit Morton vs. Bibb County School District.

Board member Jason Downey says the suit alleged the school district did not properly respond to an open records request from local attorney Daryl Morton.

School district attorney Randy Howard says more information will be released on the settlement after he gets another administrator to sign off on it.

Thursday night, the school board also gave its attorneys permission to negotiate a contract with the Georgia School Board Association to help in the search for a new superintendent. That comes with a $10,000 flat fee, plus travel expenses for GSBA representatives to visit the district throughout the process. The board asked that GSBA cap that cost at $1,500 and ask for board approval if more is needed.

Attorneys will also ask GSBA to lay out their procedures for helping the district find an interim superintendent.

Last month, the board set an April 1st deadline to name a temporary leader. Susanne Griffin-Ziebart has stepped in as acting superintendent in the meantime.

The school board will have to meet again at a later date to approve the interim search timeline given by GSBA.

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