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Career Academy steering officers to be elected soon

Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins and an ad hoc committee of the proposed College and Career Academy announced at a Tuesday meeting that a special steering committee would be formed on Sept. 27 and committee officers would also be elected then.

Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins and an ad hoc committee of the proposed College and Career Academy announced at a Tuesday meeting that a special steering committee would be formed on Sept. 27 and committee officers would also be elected then.

ALBANY -- Dougherty County's nascent College and Career Academy took another step toward reality Tuesday when an ad hoc committee set Sept. 27 as the date for the election of officers for a steering committee to guide the proposed charter school through the birthing process.

Eventually the new school's board will likely be chosen from members of that new steering committee.

"This board will be selected by your own leadership," Consultant Russ Moore, CEO of Seamless Education Associates Inc. of Newnan, told the gathering. "The (Dougherty County) School Board wants this board to operate independently based on the wants and needs of the community."

Earlier, DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree urged the crowd to "bring out the movers and shakers in the community. Bring someone with you to these meetings. Tell your friends what we are doing here.

"We need this steering committee to guide us," Murfree said. "And, yes, we (the DCSS) will be right there with you. It's time to pick up the ball and run with it. Let's get busy and make it happen. Let's roll."

Last week, School Board member Darrel Ealum said, "We are looking for the best and brightest among business and education leaders in our community to help guide the process."

The ad hoc committee took a big step in that direction Tuesday.

"You need a respected business stakeholder who can bridge the tough issues and lead this partnership to a successful implementation by serving as the chair of the public-private sector steering committee" Moore said. "We want to be inclusive, not exclusive."

The proposed charter school will be set up to fit the needs and wishes of the area and will target all the children in the Dougherty County School System. The aim is to provide regional employers with work-ready employees.

"Our goal is to provide work-ready students who will make a positive impact on our community's economic development," DCSS board member Velvet Riggins said. "We invite any community member or agency to join with us -- especially the top 10 area industries in Albany -- to come around the table with us and help us formulate the college and career academy."

The steering committee meeting is set for noon Sept. 27 at Albany Technical College's Kirkland Conference Center.