By John Schaffner

The ethics committee for Atlanta Public Schools has closed its investigation of complaints against five members of the Atlanta Board of Education, making no findings of fault.

The committee on Dec. 2 unanimously approved  the closing of the investigation, which  followed complaints made Nov. 4 by two parents of children in public schools  in Buckhead. The parents claimed board members Khaatim Sherrer El, Yolanda Johnson, Nancy Meister, Courtney English and Brenda Muhammad violated board policies during their fight for control of the board.

At the time the ethics complaints were filed, the five board members had just been sued by the other four members of the board over a midyear change in leadership.

The two sides settled that suite last week, after a judge ruled that actions taken to elect a new chair and vice-chair were legal. That ruling led to four-hour meeting between the judge and all school board members, which resulted in electing a new board chairman, El, and a new vice-chairwoman Cicely Harsch-Kinnane.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.