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School board failed, should be removed

This morning's newspaper, The Albany Herald, brought the disgraceful news about the Dougherty County School System which, in actuality, was no news since nearly everyone in not only this county but the surrounding ones as well knew of the dysfunctional school board that operates in precisely the same synonymous manner as does the Mafia. It is a well known fact that four members of the board formed an unholy alliance and have ruled the county school system with an iron hand ever since.

The former superintendent of Dougherty County schools, Sally Whatley, had no choice but to resign since she was being pressured from both ends, above and below. The board disregarded her recommendations for bettering the system while enforcing their own dictatorial demands. When Whatley recommended dismissal of someone in the school system who wasn't doing their job properly, the school board merely overrode her requests and kept them on the payroll.

Such irresponsible behavior by board members effectively decimated all authority that the former superintendent, Sally Whatley, held. As a result, those in positions below her held no respect for her or her prestigious position and did as they desired since they knew that the school board approved of what they were doing, disgraceful or whatever. Moreover, Sally Whatley had no choice but to resign since she refused to be a dummy, like Charlie McCarthy, and let the board speak for her and pull her strings, as did Edgar Bergen for the lovable Charlie. Sally Whatley should be considered as some kind of hero since she bravely stood forth, when no one else would, and pointed out to the inspection committee what was wrong with Dougherty's school system.

Ultimately, the whole disgraceful, and it really is an abomination, issue can be laid at the feet of those who held the reins of command: the school board. The unholy four should, without a doubt, be removed from office with the stipulation of never again holding public office in Dougherty County. As for the other members, it is hard to understand how they could sit on the board and remain quiet as to what actually was going on. In my estimation, they, too, should be removed from office thus bringing in the new year with an entirely new crew dedicated to doing the right thing for the children while restoring honesty and integrity in the county school system.

VALKEY M. TIERNAN, Albany

Comments

Spike 2 years, 3 months ago

What are our legal options? There has to be some way we can come together to have them removed if indeed they ALL don't do the right thing and resign. ALL OF THEM. There may be 4 ring leaders (bullies) but complicity or dereliction by the other members is as bad if not worse.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Could the Herald please ban Valkey Tiernan for one year? Please!?!? (And Walt Specht too if you would be so kind!) Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

Why? Do we hit to close to home?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Why do you two think we all want to hear from you all the time? Don't you have some kind of life to go live?

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 3 months ago

HEY! I totally enjoy Walt's letters and comments! Dont mess with him!

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TheBoss 2 years, 3 months ago

Sister_Ruby, why don't you write a letter to the Herald and let us judge your intellectual thoughts and be truthful and sign your name other than Sister_Ruby. Walt and Valkey both put a lot of thought into their letters.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

I have been really struggling with this issue since the report came out. The evidence, based on probabilities and statistics, is completely foolproof and completely devastating to anybody who claims that it happened by accident. However, after days of pondering, fuming, raging, blaming, and fighting off playing of the Race Card, I have come to what I think is the bottom line for me.

Right now is a watershed moment for the DCSS Board and the Superintendent. Their decision on how to address the CRCT situation, including the fate of the administrators and teachers with their various levels of culpability, WILL HAVE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ALBANY'S FUTURE THAN ANY OTHER CONTEMPORARY ISSUE. Will they face facts, step up to their responsibilities, act swiftly and justly, and establish a toe-hold upon which to move from here to respectability? Or will they seek an "out", a reason to do nothing, or worse yet....maintain the same position that their past behavior has demonstrated, which could be considered nothing less than the entitlement mindset of protecting their own, no matter the offense.

To repeat: DCSS, your response to this situation will determine the fate of Albany, GA for the next 100 years. WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS RESPONSIBILITY? WILL YOU DO THE RIGHT THING, BEFORE ALMIGHT GOD? I pray with all my might that you will. Thank you.

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