The Burke County Board of Realtors wants four school board members to resign.

The Realtors passed a resolution May 7 that asks Burke County Board of Education members Tracy Norman, Tim Buff, Karen Said and Rob Hairfield "to rise above any personal agenda and resign effective immediately ... so that the education and economic systems can be stabilized."

In its resolution, the Board of Realtors says good schools are essential to the economic well-being of Burke County.

The Realtors point out the potential for damage to students' prospects if schools lose their national accreditation.

And the Realtors say "the loss of this accreditation would cause severe economic impact to the housing market in Burke County."

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) in a letter on April 24 asked the Burke County school district for an explanation of several board actions and incidents involving board members that might violate the accrediting group's standards. SACS CASI accredits 13,000 school districts and schools including Freedom, East Burke and Patton high schools in Burke County.

Citing the need for "experienced leadership at this time," the Realtors group says the four incumbents should step down. The resolution does not refer to two other school board members, Sam Wilkinson and Buddy Armour.

Bobbie McCombs is president of the Burke County Board of Realtors. Other officers and directors are Nick Saturno, president-elect; Bettye Lay, secretary-treasurer; David Wheeling, past president; and Monica Wakefield, Tim Newton, Doug Wright, Sandra Walker and Sharon Marlow, directors.

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