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Both Mayor Eric Wilson and council member Melvin Lawrence asked citizens to keep King in their thoughts and prayers at the city council meet on Monday night. "He's like a son to me, just like a son~' said Lawrence. Mayor Wilson expressed his condolences in a press release. "We join the community in mourning the death of Dexter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at KING this very difficult time:' City manager Janice Hall.did as well. "City Government is a family and Dexter was a vital part of that family and will be greatly missed" said Hall. King was first elected to the Forsyth City Council in November 2015, taking his seat to represent the city's Post I in January 2016. He is a native of Forsyth and Monroe County. He took pride in both his pre- decessors, who have been respected members of the community for years, and in his children who are part of the next generfition. He was greatly respected throughout the community. King served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force for six years and served 17 years with the Reserves. He worked with the Georgia Department of Cor- rections for over 20 years, including assignments at Burruss Correctional Training Center in Fors)rth and at the Macon Youth Development Campus. He held leadership positions with DOC for the last decade. ii i Is your child on honor r011? SEE PAGE 4C TO THE FAMILY I The Mary Persons boys soccer team won a 1 -O thriller over Spalding in Griffin on Friday on an over- time goal when Gabe Medlin came off the bench and fed a perfect assist to Dawson Daniel for the game-winning shot. Above, Alex Rivera fights off two Jags for possession. See story page lB. (Photo by . Will Davis) Shane Mobley Ray Brannen OF THE WEEK ii iiiiiiii i Velva Dungan Darden Donald Joseph Rose Annie Nell Laster Syble Adams McCoy Otis Ponder MCR S rtS. mmuni Calendar: Church News.: 5C Public ReCord 5B Classified D Leg& 2D Monroe County Schools Supenn- tendent Dr. Mike Hickman sent out this email concerning the hiring of a substitute teacher with a convic- tion for attempted child molestation with all school staff on Friday, March 16, and then sent it to parents on Sunday, March 18: By Dr. Mike Hickman During the past several weeks, you have most likely read and/or heard news sto- ries, questions, speculation, criticism and innuendo about the situation sur- rounding the use of a substi- tute teacher with a concern- hag criminal background. Hopefully, this message will deliver information to answer many Of the things that have been said. First and foremost - regardless of what you read this week in our local newspaper - there are NO efforts See underway by our District Attorney to call for a grand jury investigation or an outside probe in this matter. This news comes direct- ly from the District Attomey Jonathan Adams who said, in an email to me, that the newspaper contained '9t lot of information in the article that is out of context, and I apologize flit reflects poorly on the school." Mr. Adams further states that he has looked into the legal matters related to this substitute and understands that, based on the informa- tion the school system had at the time of hire, how this substitute was eligible for this position. A court order, signed by a Superior Court Judge and filed in the Bibb County Clerk of Court's of- rice, contained the following language: The defendant be discharged without court adjudication of guilt; HICKMAN Page 6A A standing room-only crowd packed into the BOE meeting room last Tuesday, March 13, but board members said nothing about the hiring of an attemped molester, instead treat- ing audience members to a raft of honors and presentations. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) By Diane Glidewell At its first meeting since news broke that it had hired a substitute teacher with a convic- tion for attempted child molestation, Monroe County's school board said nothing last Tues- day, March 13, about the issue. However, school superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman released a statement on Sunday ad- dressing some of the legal issues surrounding the controversy (at left). A standing room-only audience, indudixag . Macon media, school board candidates and some parents, packed the March 13 board meeting, many of them hoping the board would address the issue. But the board had planned a lengthy list of recognitions, so all Monroe County principals and other adminis- trators had apparently been asked to attend. Ttie board did listen to four "Citizen Pre- sentations" that had requested time on the agenda; Board chairman Nolan Howard made it clear that board members, nor anyone else in attendance, might comment or respond. Byron Pitts, a parent, said the hiring of the substitute teacher, brought to light by the newspaper, causes the community to ques-' tion the trust placed in the schools to take care of children. He said that the decision to hire someone with the sub.stitute's background is almost as devastating as posting a threat of harm on social media. "We need to not sweep this under the rug. We need to hold accountable, to remove, those responsible from their jobs" said Pitts. "It undermines parents' sense of trust" See BOE Page 7A