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DCSS does about-face on early dismissal

— ALBANY — No good deed goes unpunished, the Dougherty County School System learned Thursday.

On Wednesday, School Superintendent Joshua Murfree decided to show his appreciation to teachers and staff by having a shortened school day today.

Parents, however, were not pleased — particularly over the short notice — and let the school system know it through irate phone calls and emails.

Less than 24 hours after announcing the early release, Murfree sent out an email Thursday announcing that today would be a normal-length school day.

"I don't mind the teachers getting a break, but I'd like a little more advance notice," said one parent who called The Herald on Thursday. "I have two kids in elementary school and didn't have time to make arrangements for someone to watch them."

DCSS Public Information Director R.D. Harter also got a few phone calls and emails.

"Let's just say we heard the cry of the hard to handle," Harter said. "Dr. Murfree had this good-hearted thing come over him and wanted to show his appreciation of our teachers and staff."

The official release Thursday from the DCSS read: "The early release announced yesterday was intended as an appreciation for teachers and staff who work beyond expected contract hours, hosting school open houses and are routinely asked to stay after hours to handle the business of education. These professionals have lost 10 days pay the past two years as a response to the economic condition of our funding sources.Upon consideration of the hardship placed on some parents, the superintendent made the decision Thursday morning to rescind the shortened class day with apologies to the staff he intended to acknowledge."

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bany_baby 3 years, 1 month ago

He has to go people. Parents we have to stand up. I don't think Murfree is a bad person, however to pull something like that which will affect so many people unnecessarily, had to be one of the most ignorant decisions I have seen. The thought was nice, however, this is not ASU (Dr. Freeman has dismissed early for the holidays) you're dealing with thousands of kids whose parents have to work and the notification time was unacceptable. It's not the bell rings and the kids leave in their own cars...it was just not a smart move....one out of many.

I want to say again, I don't think he is a bad person but I believe we need better leadership because at the end of the day it's about what is best for our children.

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coachjohnson42 3 years, 1 month ago

I think he made a "quick impulsive" decision to show appreciation to teachers, but just didnt realize the consequences of it in short period of time. Parents need more time to plan for something like this.

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TheMember 3 years, 1 month ago

The best way to show your appreciation is to cut out the furloughs

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Abytaxpayer 3 years, 1 month ago

bany_baby you are so right we need better “Leadership” because it's should be “What is best for our children”. We need Leadership that shows by example what our children should be learning. Things like Personal responsibility, Ethics and Moral Character and not that if you lie, cheat and steal and know the right people you will get away with it practically untouched.

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chinaberry25 3 years, 1 month ago

Good, then let teachers off for Christmas Holidays early. That should help out.

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coachjohnson42 3 years, 1 month ago

If they cut the furloughs, they will have to let some teachers go......the money is simply not there anymore.

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waltspecht 3 years, 1 month ago

How can one justify furloughs for Teachers yet still fully support all the sports programs and the Band. I know Football is supposely profitable for the schools, but just how profitable? Anyone ever seen the programs profit margin when all costs, band included, are calculated? I doubt many of the other programs even cover fuel costs and electricity. Wouldn't this money be more justified being used for classroom hours and not furloughing Teachers? These are times of austerity for most of us, should be for all the school systems also.

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whattheheck 3 years, 1 month ago

Walt, you will never see an accounting on athletics. If the costs are all put in the proper categories, there is no profit. But look at it this way, we may be developing future stars for the Dawgs! Isn't this what school is all about? :)

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rorschach 3 years, 1 month ago

It doesn't look good when he goes public with something and then Harter comes behind him like he is cleaning up a blunder or something. Makes me wonder exactly who is the superintendant

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supersquawker 3 years, 1 month ago

This is why it's always better to hire someone with experience. Especially when you have to call them "Dr." and you pay them over $200 grand per year.

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waltspecht 3 years, 1 month ago

Why would you "have to" call him Doctor? That is an earned term of respect and education. I'm not to sure how he achieved the latter, but his actions certainly prevent the former. Say, has he ever completed all the classes and the certifications he should have had by POSTING before even being considered for the job?

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oops 3 years, 1 month ago

Imagine that teachers WANT TO TEACH!!! That is the reality. Academic time has already been cut by three days due to furloughs. Extra workshops taking teachers out of the classroom are abundant. Classroom time is interrupted for unimportant announcements and other issues unrelated to teaching.. We need consistent, uninterrupted instruction to provide a strong education for our students. Saying "It's all about the children" has become an empty mantra. Give teachers a chance to do what they know is best for the children..to be "all about the children's education!!!"

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whattheheck 3 years, 1 month ago

A typical Murfree "shot from the lip". He just doesn't think these things through. The gesture was nice but not well thought out. Does anyone ever tell the Emperor he is naked or do all merely sit back and enjoy?

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supersquawker 3 years, 1 month ago

Herald: Has Dr. Murfree completed all the classes and certifications that were contingent upon his appointment? It's time for a report back to your readers and to the citizens of Albany/Dougherty County.

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Cartman 3 years, 1 month ago

What the DCSS needs the most? A Superintendent and a school board.

What does the DC Superintendent and school board need the most? A clue.

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whattheheck 3 years, 1 month ago

Very good, Carts! Clues do seem difficult, eh? :)

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