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DCSS superintendent opening already garnering applications

ALBANY -- In the pre-meeting of the Dougherty County Board of Education's monthly evening meeting Monday, Chairman David Maschke told board members that eight applications for the superintendent position have been received since Friday.

Eight-year Superintendent Sally Whatley announced her retirement in late August. Whatley will remain on the job until the school board replaces her.

Georgia School Boards Association Consultant Bill Sampson, who is conducting the national search for the board, has received more than 500 online responses for superintendent survey qualifications at www.docoschools.org. Maschke said he has also had 15 surveys mailed in.

Maschke recently extended the deadline of the online survey from Nov. 4 to Nov. 24, the deadline for superintendent applications.

"Mr. Sampson told me that eight applications have been received, but that the bulk of the applications will be received in the last week," Maschke said.

Maschke said the board is trying to set up a meeting with Sampson during the week of Dec. 7 to start reviewing the applications.

School officials also recognized its October Distinguished Service Award winners at Monday's meeting. Isaac Williams won the bus driver honor, Jackson Heights Elementary Principal LaZoria Brown earned the principal honor, Southside Middle School's Tiffany Brown won secretary/office manager/clerk and Supply Services worker Raymond Fields captured the support services classified honor.

The meeting went exceptionally quick, lasting only 15 minutes. The short meeting caused Maschke to remark, "I'd like it duly noted we have a new record." Maschke's comment was in reference to Board Vice Chairman, the Rev. James Bush, conducting a 22-minute evening meeting on Sept. 14. Bush, along with board member Anita Williams-Brown, had excused absences for Monday's meeting.

The next few days will be filled with meetings for board members. The DCSS Finance Committee will be meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and the Building and Grounds Committee is set to meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Both meetings will be at the Administrative Building.

Next week, the board will be having its mid-month noon board meeting Nov. 18, a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday, at Dougherty Comprehensive High School. On Nov. 17, the board will have a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce Board at the chamber's second floor boardroom. The meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. and is set to run about 60-90 minutes.

"This is a first," Maschke said. "The chamber board and the board of education have never discussed the community, the business community and education in a joint meeting like this before."