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Dougherty County School Board votes to settle suit

The Dougherty County School Board has voted 6-1 to accept a settlement in a lawsuit The Albany Herald, WALB and WFXL filed to force the board to disclose finalists for the school superintendent position.

Emily Jean McAfee was the only vote against the settlement.

The board discussed in executive session the lawsuit brought by The Albany Herald, WALB and WFXL regarding the appointment of Joshua Murfree as a finalist for superintendent.

McAfee said she voted against the settlement because "we need more transparency."

The board has agreed to turn over three names of the six candidates interviewed in December.

Chairman David Maschke said he was glad the case was able to be resolved, but said the board will have to revisit its concept of public hearings on the hiring.

Before the board went into secret session, two local church officials, Eddie Bankton and John Burr, blasted what they described as the "ride-by" media for attempting to tell the Dougherty County Board of Education how to run its hiring system

The lawsuit was filed in an effort to require the board to follow the state Open Reords Law and identify other finalists for the job.