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Ware, Kitchens cancel conference

By Trina Trice

Clayton County Board of Education Chairwoman Nedra Ware and Vice Chairwoman Connie Kitchens cancelled a press conference they scheduled Friday at noon.

The two members invited a couple of local TV stations to the Best Western Hotel in Hapeville.

The reason for the press conference is unknown, but could have been an opportunity for Ware and Kitchens to respond to a public call for their resignation from members of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Thursday.

Instead, Ware and Kitchens attended an executive meeting of the Southern Crescent chapter of the Rainbow Push Coalition Thursday evening in Jonesboro.

At the meeting Ware told a small crowd she and others "have no intention of resigning," she said. "We have done nothing wrong or illegal."

Ware has been under fire since the ouster of former Superintendent Dan Colwell in January. She has been accused of micromanaging the school system, an act that has caused the school system to be placed on probation for one year by the accrediting agency the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Ware and Kitchens did not return phone calls Friday

afternoon.