ALBANY, Ga. -- Two Dougherty School System employees whose contracts were not renewed Wednesday got support from the Dougherty County NAACP chapter Friday.
A letter from the Albany-Dougherty National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was sent to all seven members of the Dougherty County Board of Education on Friday. In the letter, the
NAACP expressed opposition to the board's vote.
The letter, which also was sent to local news media outlets, specifically defends Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dianne Daniels.
The letter, signed by Chapter President David Williams, reads in part:
"The vote to terminate the contract of Ms. Dianne Daniels was clearly unfounded. During the tenure of Ms. Daniels as the leader of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, a number of initiatives have been implemented to improve professional growth, academic achievement and magnet choice in the district. Professionals in the Dougherty County School System receive quality professional learning from national and international organizations, which include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Solution Tree, Marzano Associates, and technology integration, to name a few. Academic achievement has also continued to increase in the district as exemplified in the graduation rate that has improved from 54.6 percent in 2004-2005 to 78.4 percent in 2009-2010. Magnet school choice in the district has increased through the implementation of feeder patterns from elementary schools to middle schools, through graduation from high school. As a result, the dropout rate has declined from 9 percent in 2004-2005 to 3.2 percent in 2009-2010. Lastly, under the leadership of Ms. Daniels, the department began the implementation of model 21st century classrooms (Promethean board, active slate, Elmo, student response system, etc.) to support rigorous, relevant and interactive instruction.
".... Therefore, the Albany-Dougherty Branch of NACCP is requesting a reversal of the decision to non-renew the contract of Ms. Dianne Daniels, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction."
The School Board voted 3-2 to not renew the contracts of Daniels and Human Resources Director Tracy Williams on Wednesday. David Maschke, the board member who made the motions to terminate both employees, stood by his decision Thursday, stating that poor performance and lack of results prompted the move on his part.
Board members Velvet Riggins and Anita Williams-Brown were not at Wednesday's meeting. The board can reconsider the vote within 30 days under a Georgia law that allows for reconsideration of a termination when the decision is made by less than a majority of the full board.
For the School Board, that would be four members.