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McAfee leaving Dougherty School Board; Tharin emerges as candidate

Dougherty School Board member Emily Jean McAfee is not seeking re-election to the board.

Dougherty School Board member Emily Jean McAfee is not seeking re-election to the board.

ALBANY, Ga. -- A retired financial representative has announced she will run for the Dougherty County Board of Education seat being vacated at the end of the year by longtime board member Emily Jean McAfee.

Carol Tharin, 63, said in a news conference moments ago that she is a candidate for the District 4 seat now held by McAfee. McAfee confirmed this morning that she will not run for re-election.

Tharin, who is retired from Prudential Financial, said that her goal is to work with board members to continue system improvements, look for new ways to resolve old problems and to explore new ideas for improving the quality of education for Dougherty's 16,000-plus students.

She said she wants to see expansion and enhancement of student mentoring programs, higher graduation rates and test scores, cuts in administrative costs so more can be spent in classroooms, increased parental participation and a review of all policies, especially those regarding bullying.

McAfee, who has served on the board since 1999, is the second incumbent to announce intentions to leave the board. earlier, Michael Windom said he would not stand for re-election to his board seat.

The third School Board incumbent up for election this year, Milton Griffin, has said he will run for another term.