Murfree contract not likely on agenda

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County Board of Education Chairman David Maschke said the proposed contract by named Superintendent Joshua Murfree likely will not be discussed at today's noon board meeting at Merry Acres Middle School.

"The board attorney (Tommy Coleman) drafted a contract to include all the stipulations and revisions as directed by the board (on April 16) and that was delivered to Dr. Murfree for his review and comment," Maschke said. "It was ready Friday, but he was out of town so he didn't receive it until (Monday)."

Although the board won't likely discuss the proposed contract of Murfree at the board meeting, it will be receiving an update on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test erasure analysis. Education Planners' James Wilson, the school board's consultant, will report on the CRCT audit that was conducted by three officials representing the DCSS March 23 after they flew to Indianapolis to look at the 2009 test forms at the state's vendor CTB-McGraw Hill secure warehouse location.

State school systems could look at individual test forms for grades three through eight as the first two grades were not available since some of those test questions are repeated on this year's test. More than 60 percent of Dougherty's class sections that were flagged by the state were in first or second grade.

In February, Dougherty County School System had eight of its elementary schools placed on the state's "severe" list and six other schools placed on the "moderate" list after GOSA conducted its first erasure analysis. The analysis, which it did with vendor CTB-McGraw Hill, investigated wrong-to-right answers on student answer sheets in reading, English/language arts and math.

Once Murfree's contract is approved, Dougherty County will join a short list of school system's that have named superintendents who have required a waiver permit from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Deputy Executive Secretary Gary Walker said.

Cobb County School District hired retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph J. Redden in 2000 and he left in 2005. Savannah-Chatham County Public School System hired retired Air Force Col. John O'Sullivan in 2001 and his contract was ended by mutual agreement at a board meeting Nov. 10, 2004, SCCPSS Chief Data and Information Officer David Feliciano said. Under the agreement, O'Sullivan was paid through June 30, 2006.

Maschke said recently that he couldn't release whether Murfree's final contract would include him completing the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's required professional development plan.

Maschke also wouldn't name who Murfree's mentor would be and the school in which Murfree would be taking his Special Georgia Requirements course work.

Maschke did say that he asked DCSS Human Resources Director Tracy S. Williams to handle what all the steps were for Murfree to gain his superintendent waiver permit earlier this month.