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Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board
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Kelly Marlow resigns from Cherokee County School Board

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Kelly Marlow has resigned from the Cherokee County School Board.

Marlow, who was found guilty last week of making false statements to police, handed in her resignation Wednesday morning. She will be sentenced Thursday and faces up to 10 years in jail.

"With considerable appreciation to my many supporters and the voters of District 1, and the parents and school children for whom all of my efforts were focused, the recent judicial determinations make it unlikely that I can effectively serve at any time in the foreseeable future," Marlow wrote in her resignation letter to Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

"Rather than leave my seat in limbo while the issues surrounding my status are resolved, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I resign my position with the Cherokee County School Board, effectively immediately," the letter said.

Marlow and Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo waged a bitter battle that began last summer, when she and two others accused Petruzielo of trying to run them over in a Canton parking lot. They filed a police report of the alleged incident; Petruzielo maintained it never happened. Police charged Marlow and her two co-defendants with filing a false report.

Cherokee County Schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the school board must now hold a special election to replace Marlow, as more than half her term remains; it was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2016.

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