Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree gestures during a School Board briefing Monday as Board Chairman James Bush looks on. The board was informed that Northside Elementary, closed because of water damage, will reopen today.
ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School System Director of Finance Robert Lloyd said during the Board of Education’s briefing Monday that Northside Elementary will reopen its doors today.
Northside has been closed since Oct. 10 when a roof leak created heavy water damage throughout the building.
While the school will reopen for its 418 students, the cafeteria will remain closed until the facility passes a final health inspection. Lloyd said food will be brought into the building from other schools until the inspection is finalized.
At their meeting, board members approved the employment and release of personnel in addition to approving several fund-raising activities.
The board also unanimously approved the Transportation Department’s request to spend $42,173 for the purchase and replacement of outdated and damaged fuel dispensers and fuel management systems to the system’s Newton Road and Turner Field fueling facilities.
In the night’s final action, the board approved by a 6-1 vote Superintendent Joshua Murfree’s recommendation that the system enter into a $136,000 year-to-year agreement with Global Partnership Schools (GPS).
The educational support agreement will allow GPS to provide services to the district in furtherance of supporting schools and building their competence, assist in implementing specific strategies and actions contained in the system’s Race to the Top Grant proposals and to increase the academic achievement of students.
Board Chair James Bush was the lone dissenting vote, commenting later, “I think it’s a duplication of services and I don’t want to give anybody free money.”
The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting is set for Nov. 30 at noon at Live Oak Elementary School.