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DCSS approves tribunal panel names

Ten people have been recommended by the Dougherty School System Attorney to sit on teacher tribunals in the wake of the CRCT fallout.

Dougherty County School System attorney Tommy Coleman explains the list of CRCT tribunal members that he submitted to the DCSS School Board at its mid-monthly meeting Wednesday. Coleman suggested a list of nine retired educators and administrators who will determine the fate of system employees caught up in the cheating investigation.

Dougherty County School System attorney Tommy Coleman explains the list of CRCT tribunal members that he submitted to the DCSS School Board at its mid-monthly meeting Wednesday. Coleman suggested a list of nine retired educators and administrators who will determine the fate of system employees caught up in the cheating investigation.

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a list of nine former educators and administrators to be submitted to DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree as members of administrative tribunal to handle expected fallout after the governor’s CRCT report on cheating within the system is issued next month.

The list of panelists, suggested by DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman, could soon swell to as many as 15 as the system braces for a report that could contain the names of as many as 10 principals and 50 teachers.

“We are preparing for the worst,” Coleman said. “We don’t know how many names will be in the report, but I’ve read in the media it could be a lot.”

For each CRCT hearing to be conducted by the system, the superintendent will draw three members of the panel who will be designated and selected by the Board as members of the tribunal to conduct that hearing.

Coleman said the tribunals could have as many as five members who will be asked about any prior relationships with the principals or teachers who come before the panel.

None of the tribunal members are from Dougherty County.

Tribunal members approved are:

  • Samuel Louis Allen, Valdosta, retired superintendent of the Valdosta Board of Education.
  • Scott Chestnutwood, Tifton, retired assistant superintendent for personnel, Tift County Schools.
  • Ed Dyson, Warner Robins, retired principal, Northside High School.
  • Patricia T. Roberts, Waynesboro, retired guidance counselor, Burke County High School.
  • Charles Stripling, Camilla, retired superintendent, Mitchell County Schools.
  • Floyd D. Toth, Valdosta, retired president, Valdosta Technical College.
  • Gary Walker, Atlanta, director, Educator Ethics Division, Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
  • Wanda West, Macon, member, Bibb County Board of Education.
  • Jack Willis, Panama City Beach, Fla., retired principal, Wheeler County Elementary School.

The state’s probe into alleged CRCT erasure cheating in 2009 began in earnest in August and state investigators Mike Bowers, Robert Wilson and Richard Hyde have begun to write their final report, which they hope to have on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk in early January.

In other action, the DCSS Board voted approved a special referendum for the Special Purpose Sales Tax Continuation; approval of change orders at Dougherty High Phase I and DSCC administration building HVAC improvements, and awarded Riley Contracting’s bid of $119,000 for the Monroe High Field House parking lot project bid.

To illustrate how SPLOST money is helping the local economy, Bob Fowler, assistant director of facilities and capital improvements, pointed to the Phase I improvements at Dougherty High.

“Just using Dougherty’s $9.1 million contract as an example, our goals were to give 50 percent of that business to Dougherty County and whatever we could to Region 10 businesses,” Fowler said. “We reached 38 percent in Dougherty, spending $3.4 here and $4.4 in Lee, Decatur and Colquitt counties.”

The next scheduled meeting of the Dougherty County School Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the school administration building.

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 11 months ago

Any chance of the reading public getting a little history of who these people are and their credentials to serve?

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Momof3 2 years, 11 months ago

Buford Hicks is the former Superintendent of Mitchell County if I am not mistaken. Maybe all these people have or are involved in school systems around Georgia, but some bios would be nice.

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herewegoagain 2 years, 11 months ago

Definately need some unbias members on the tribunal. It appears to be loaded with former and present superintendents. Personally I think it will need some members, say at least 30% of them, not having ever drawn a check from the Department of Education.

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wilson 2 years, 11 months ago

Coleman certainly wouldn't nominate anyone he thought might be aggressive. I think we could use a little "general public" participation.

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whattheheck 2 years, 10 months ago

Usually, former educators are involved in looking at what educators do. Like giving Col Sanders the key to the chicken coop. We need to see who these folks--and some need to have never been associated with education. Surely some who are not educators are educated enough to do the job.

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PatrickY2K 2 years, 10 months ago

The tribunal will make recommendations to the School Board. If the teachers are disciplined to your satisfaction, blame the Board members that you elected.

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Sally_O 2 years, 10 months ago

Some of these board members we did not vote for and were not in our district so we had no control of it. To say to blame the board members we elected is not an accurate statement.

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supersquawker 2 years, 10 months ago

Hermain Cain may be available......anyone think of him?

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 10 months ago

Brief bios on the nine tribunal members will be posted later this evening and in tomorrow's paper. The most interesting name to me is Gary Walker, who is the Director of School Ethics Division with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission

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43cop 2 years, 10 months ago

Well Tommy, just how much more is the DCCS going to want to pay these? Take the salaries of those that are being investigated, the Superintendant, some of the high paid Principals that stood aside and let it happen and you have your solution. But I guess the DCCS will just look to the tax payer for this and just add some more to our tax bill for 2012. Some of you called it "White Flight" when people started moving, but just such mess as this is the true cause of people moving out of Dougherty. Believe me, we are looking.

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waltspecht 2 years, 10 months ago

Why would you want a panel with a background in Teaching. I think it should be a Jury with legal experience. No one is looking at the individuals for their education ability, only their honesty, integrity and following the laws of the School system. This shouldn't take more than one Judge with a good Moral Conscience. The Tribunal smacks of a cover-up as any of these folks may or may not have done similar things in the past and simply not been caught. There are still many issues thru out the whole State with adjusted attendance and actual grade changing that have never been addressed.

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justme 2 years, 10 months ago

Tommy Coleman is a country bumpkin lawyer with no business other than some chump change paying job at the DCSS. All that Whatley et al ripped off from the school lunch program and nothing happened to her, but now all of a sudden there is a big stink over some test scores that in the long run is not going to make a difference.

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herewegoagain 2 years, 10 months ago

The committee looks stacked to me. Why not have some laypersons on the committee? I can not help but be suspicous if all of the "educators" have the mind set I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine. I think that is what is wrong with the education system nation wide. Sure the panel needs some from the education field. But all of them??? Glad to see they did not approve Buford Hicks knowing the direction he lead the Mitchell County School System. Nothing personal, I just disagreed with a lot of the decisions like building a new building in North Mitchell County on land that I have seen standing water on.

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supersquawker 2 years, 10 months ago

Did anybody watch NBC's Rock City review of the Atlanta cheaters? Thank God there were Atlanta people honest enough to tell the truth, including teachers, aides, and parents. One mother said that what the teachers did in Atlanta was "the worst case of black on black crime" that she had ever seen. Amen to that!! It's pretty telling when math test results from a school go from 800-something to 1st in one year!! "Here's your sign".

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Trustbuster 2 years, 10 months ago

Well two of the tribunal members have had complaints filed against them in the past. One alledgedly for falsing info. about their credentials during an application process in Valdosta. Another has been accused of harassment by a former subordinate. This tribunal system reminds me of the kangaroo circus that existed during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. Why not allow a committee school board members to investigate and then make a recommendation to the full board? The board should not abdicate its responsibilities to a panel of former educators.

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Amazed2 2 years, 10 months ago

In reading an online WALB story that says "Murfree" is encouraging/advising Administrators, Principals and Teachers that think they will be officially named in the final CRCT Cheating Report due out this week to Quit Now without having to face the Tribunal Panels. Also he is encouraging those eligible for retirement to RETIRE ahead of the Cheating Report. NOW, tell me is this what a so called LEADER should be saying. Heck at this point the cost of a Tribunal Hearing is pretty darn cheap. After all I thought they were supposed to be restoring credibility to the DCSS. This looks like putting the SPIN on things to me. IF they quit and they apply in some other school system then they can HONESTLY answer the question that is on most teaching applications and that is have you been FIRED from a previous teaching position. To instruct or advise teachers and administrators who the GBI has determined that evidence of cheating exist, to Retire early and or resign early seem to be unprofessional and unethical on Murfree's part. TO circumvent the process at this stage of the process is WRONG!!!!! He acts like it will save money and then on the other hand he and the DCSS Board wants to hire a special attorney to interpret the FREE LUNCH program. That is also missing the point. YOu have people in high ranking positions and others that have already committed FRAUD in submitting Financial DATA. Hopefully the Legal system will step in and procecute these people because it is looking like Murfree is trying to mitigate the outcome. IF James Bush means what he says he should tell Murfree to back off.

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joecool8 2 years, 4 months ago

With Ed Dyson being on this panel, These teachers do have a chance to return to their job.

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