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 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.