A judge ruled this week that a Bibb County teacher should have another chance to avoid a one-year license suspension for marijuana use.
Superior Court Judge Edgar W. Ennis Jr. ruled that Christina Gandy had properly filed an appeal of her suspension with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Ennis ordered the state to hold a hearing into the evidence.
Gandy, a speech pathologist, fell off a ladder while hanging posters at Bloomfield Middle School. As part of a workers compensation process, she was tested for drug use and showed positive for marijuana. Gandy said shed smoked the drug two weeks before the accident, during a concert in July 2012.
Gandy was the word pronouncer in Bibb Countys spelling bee for four years and has been honored as a Wal-Mart teacher of the year.
She said in a March lawsuit against the Professional Standards Commission that she had twice faxed an appeal of the agencys decision and once called a staff member to confirm that the fax had been received. The letter also maintained that Gandy had never been served with a copy of the letter telling her of the suspension.
Gandy is involved in other legal actions, including an effort to reverse the denial of her unemployment benefits.
No hearing has yet been scheduled.
Gandys attorney was not available Friday for comment.