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Assistant school chief named

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- Kenneth Goseer, principal of Terrell County Middle School, has been selected to become the new assistant superintendent for the Dougherty County School System.

When School Board Chairman David Maschke was asked to comment on the selection at Monday evening's meeting, he referred to Superintendent Joshua Murfee.

"I'm looking forward to working with him," Murfree said. "I'm happy to select him."

There were six finalists selected for the job. Once the pool was down to those six, Murfree said he talked to people in the candidates' respective communities.

"I didn't want to go just on the interview," the superintendent explained. "I wanted to bring in a person that is loyal.

"He's a hard worker. I spoke to several folks and they like him."

Goseer has been at Terrell County Middle since 2004. Before that, he was principal at Worth County High School and then Pelham City Middle School. He also served as assistant principal of Colquitt County High School. He started his career in education in 1987 as a science teacher at Monroe High School.

Goseer was not present when the announcement was made before the school board.

"It's a dream realized," he said in a telephone interview Monday night. "I'm a life-long resident of Dougherty County, and I am extremely grateful."

Following the school board's meeting Monday, Murfree said the next step would be to contact Goseer to officially extend the offer. If he declines, the search will start over.

The qualifications set for potential assistant superintendent candidates when the job posting was first made in July were:

- An L-6 or higher in Education Leadership or Administration and Supervision. Ph.D or Ed.D in educational leadership preferred, current Professional Standards Commission certification required.

- Twelve or more years of experience at the system-level in a senior level capacity. Prior experience at the assistant deputy superintendent level strongly preferred.

- Demonstrated leadership and experience in district transformation and improvement initiatives for meeting federal guidelines for performance.

- Data driven and able to introduce change as well as standardize and sustain educational strategies until desired results are achieved.

- Prior experience in the following required: at least seven years as a building leader (principal); curriculum and instruction for grades K-12; having held a leadership role in school improvement efforts; federal programs experience; knowledgeable of governmental statues, regulations and rules relating to school administration and the ability to advise others of the provisions of law.

- Must have direct experience in a district that has met all educational targets or have an advanced degree and 20 or more years of progressive executive level management in a large corporation with verified success in Training and Organizational Development and/or Continuous Improvement/Six Sigma.

Former Deputy Superintendent Carols Keith retired June 30 after 40 years as an educator, nine of those at his most recent post. His total compensation package in Fiscal Year 2009 was $122,550, information from http://open.georgia.gov indicates.

In other news, DCSS's purchasing department sent out a bid to upgrade and renew the district's Trend Micro software, which is utilized for web security, anti-virus protection, spy-ware protection, end point security and data security, for the school system. The bid was awarded to United Data Technologies in Franklin, Tenn., for a total of $436,000 over a five-year period.

A bid was also granted to Invo Healthcare in Jamison, Pa. to provide physical therapy services. This includes evaluation, therapeutic activities and consultation with teachers and others. Physical therapy will be provided to students who have a recognized disability or disorder that adversely impacts their educational performances which includes developmental, academic and functional skills as directed by an individualized education plan or as part of a Section 504 Plan.

Invo Healthcare is being awarded a two-year contract to provide physical therapy services to the Dougherty County School System Exceptional Students Program. They will do so with evaluations, therapeutic activities and consultations costing the school system $60 per hour each.