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      School officials accept arrested teacher's resignation

      During a special called meeting Thursday afternoon, Lee County Board of Education officials accepted the resignation of an educator who was arrested on drug charges.

      Kimela Phillips was arrested last week and charged with 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance.

      Lee County TMs school superintendent says the special education teacher resigned at her own will.

      As officials released Phillips from the payroll, they made a vote to hire a new science teacher.

      This lady is a teacher currently in Sumter County and most of the time people aren't going to resign their current job until they've been officially employed. So it helps us out, said Dr. Lawrence Walters, LCSS Superintendent.

      Walters says now that the educator is offered the job; Sumter County can begin the process of replacing her.

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