ALBANY, Ga. -- The decision to terminate two Dougherty County School System employees did not stick after all.
The Dougherty County Board of Education voted Wednesday afternoon to renew the contracts for Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dianne Daniels and Human Resources Director Tracy Williams for the 2011-12 academic year.
The vote came down with Velvet Riggins, Chairman James Bush, Milton Griffin and Anita Williams-Brown approving re-appointment for Daniels. David Maschke and Carol Tharin opposed the re-appointment, and Darrel Ealum abstained.
The vote for Williams' re-appointment was split 4-3. Riggins, Bush, Griffin and Brown approved it while Tharin, Maschke and Ealum were opposed.
"My vote was based on the recommendation of the superintendent," Bush said. "I know of Ms. Daniels' capabilities."
Maschke made a motion to go into executive session prior to the votes, which did not carry.
"We wanted to make sure things were in order," Superintendent Joshua Murfree said on the appointment re-consideration. "We wanted to make sure there were no legalities and to make sure we had done nothing wrong (at the earlier vote)."
Williams is expected to undergo training under a Professional Development Plan (PDP), the specifics of which had not been ironed out Wednesday afternoon.
"It will be to repair what we think might be wrong, or what she (Williams) thinks might be right or wrong," Murfree said.
The board voted 3-2 with two members absent at its May 11 meeting to not renew the contracts of Daniels and Williams. Maschke, who made the motions to terminate both employees, has since said that he did so based on poor performance and lack of results.
Immediately following that meeting, Bush called the decision "reprehensible" and Griffin, the other dissenting voter on the board, briefly stormed out of the meeting room.
Riggins and Brown were not at the special called meeting. In their absence, the vote to terminate Daniels and Williams was determined by less than four votes. Under Georgia law, the board was able to re-consider the decision since it was made by less than a majority of the full board -- which is four members.
A few days after that decision was made, the Albany-Dougherty chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked the board to reverse its vote and rehire Daniels for the coming school year.
In addition, the board also approved to commit to a 2011-12 subscription of the eBOARD Evaluation Module provided by the Georgia School Boards Association to perform superintendent evaluations, board self-assessments and district-wide accreditation framework.
The cost for the subscription is $3,650.
The board also voted to approve the charter renewal applications for Dougherty Middle School and Dougherty High School after Tommy Coleman, the board's attorney, made some revisions to the documentation as requested at the last meeting.
The new five-year facilities plan for the school system was also presented to the board for approval. The plan passed with a 6-1 vote.
Ealum was the sole dissenter on that item, holding steadfast to the belief that Dougherty Middle School should be worked on before the second phase of Westover High School's renovations are done.
"I made that request and it was rejected," he said. "I think that Dougherty Middle should be higher on the list than Westover."
The second phase of Westover's renovations is one of the top items on the plan's tabulation of priorities, which was why Ealum voted against it at Friday's Building and Grounds committee meeting.