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Judge removes Gallatin County school board member over diploma controversy

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Posted at 10:10 AM, Jul 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-29 14:37:04-04

WARSAW, Ky. -- A Kentucky school board member accused of failing to earn a high school diploma has been ousted from his position by a judge.

Chad Murray was re-elected to the Gallatin County school board in 2016 even though the state attorney general raised questions about his education, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Chad Murray (Photo courtesy Gallatin County Board of Education)

In January, Attorney General Andy Beshear asked Murray to resign from the school board since his diploma was invalid.

Murray refused, so Beshear turned to the court to remove Murray because Kentucky law requires school board members to complete at least the 12th grade.

Circuit Judge Richard A. Brueggemann rejected Murray’s attempt to stay on the board. He noted that Murray admitted his initial claims of graduating from Loveland Baptist School were false. He left the school before graduation.