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DCSS addresses concerns, hopes

School Board Chairman the Rev. James Bush, left, and Superintendent Joshua Murfree conduct Dougherty County Board of Education Governance Team Advance Tuesday at the Dougherty County School System's building on Pine Avenue.

School Board Chairman the Rev. James Bush, left, and Superintendent Joshua Murfree conduct Dougherty County Board of Education Governance Team Advance Tuesday at the Dougherty County School System's building on Pine Avenue.

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board opened a two-day advance and training session Tuesday with the assembled board members kicking off the day by voicing their hopes and concerns for the system.

Carol Tharin suggested the board could work on its hiring practices and place more emphasis on reading at the elementary school level.

“I’d like to see us improve our hiring practices and procedures,” Tharin said. “We need to give every qualified applicant a fair chance at getting a job. I’m talking about expanding the equal opportunity laws and advertising outside of the system and find the most qualified people possible.”

She then issued a challenge to her fellow board members.

“Looking at test scores over the past several years. I am shocked how little improvement has been made in meeting expectations in regard to reading,” Tharin said. “Studies show that if a child has not mastered reading by the third grade, they are likely lost and lost forever. I want us to take a hard look at reading at the early elementary level.”

Milton “June Bug” Griffin said he figures the board could solve many of its problems by putting prayer back to the monthly board meetings.

“Ever since we took prayer and the ministers out of our meetings, we’ve been having problems,” Griffin said. “We need to bring them back.”

Board Chairman James Bush, himself an ordained minister, then pointed out that prayer during board meetings was against the law.

Anita Williams-Brown suggested the board learn to work better together to solve its problems.

“We have two or three members that every time we have a problem they go see a lawyer, and the next thing you know I’m getting a letter,” Williams-Brown said. “That bothers me.”

Darrell Ealum then urged the members to embrace technology and unveiled a five-year plan to get one-to-one computing into the system’s schools.

“By 2012, we want to place laptop computers into a third-, sixth- and eighth-grade class as a pilot program for totally paperless classrooms,” Ealum said. “We intend to build a program from the ground up and we’re really excited about it.”

The board members launched into training sessions covering team roles and responsibilities, and implementing the chain of command.

This morning the board members plan to review day one and complete a self-assessment and superintendent evaluation.

Later, the members will learn about SACS Accreditation, board standards, and the board’s role with staff before setting goals for 2012.

Comments

Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

I am going to SUE!!! I am going to SUE!!!

I am just not sure if I should sue Terry for writing this story or DCSB for all the smoke they blew up my A** with this two-day advance and training session. I fell out of my chair reading this story and hurt myself. But I guess I should just suck it up and try to be as tough as Carol Tharin. I have to believe Ms. Tharin’s head must be bleeding profusely from beating her head against the wall while she was addressing the Fab-4 and #34 with statements like “I’d like to see us improve our hiring practices and procedures,” Tharin said. “We need to give every qualified applicant a fair chance at getting a job.” Bless her heart I guess she is proof that the “Great America Optimism” is not dead and if you WORK hard you will be rewarded unlike so many in this town that see it as they are entitled.

I do hope some of the Fab-4 do get a clue during this session. Ms.Williams-Brown should reflect on why she is bothered “We have two or three members that every time we have a problem they go see a lawyer, and the next thing you know I’m getting a letter,”

Let’s see the Fab-4 are the ones that; settled for # 34, wanted to waste $20,000.00 because they knew someone with the company, called the non-renewal for resources director Tracy Williams “reprehensible” and then forcing her rehiring only to have her prove why she should have not been renewed in the first place. That is just the top of the list so don’t get me started.

My hopes and prayers (and tax dollars) are with DCSB but I really not holding my breath!

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Why would the "FOUR" suddenly care about accreditation? It certainly was bypassed in the choice for Superintendant. Then there is the question of the college credentials of the School Police Chief. Plus a few other administrative appointments come to mind. It's good that they are looking at whats right, but I seriously doubt what's right and legal will affect those "FOUR". Tell June Bug if he wants to, and needs to pray before a meeting he still has that right as an individual act. The whole Board just can't condone the practice. I have to agree, some actual guidance from above, not some percieved guidance, could help out DCSS.

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Momof3 2 years, 7 months ago

They care because of all the negative attention this Board has gotten in the past few months. Their "plans" have all backfired or ARE backfiring and now they wanna act good. All I can say is maybe they DO need to pray, and pray hard. If something is not done now for our kids, we are going to lose alot of them to the streets and jail and thats sad. if they won't pray, I'll pray for them!!!

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ganewsie 2 years, 7 months ago

June Bug, what you all need is not communal prayer, but simply common sense.

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washedupcoach 2 years, 7 months ago

It is shocking to hear Board members talking about poor scores when they all just voted to retain the curriculum Director that has done nothing about these scores. At that time they were saying how great the scores were because of the Director. Why should they be concerned now? Why should they review hiring policies when they do not follow them. If they really want to improve scores, they need to go to the source, the teachers themselves, and find out what is really needed. I was sent seniors that could not read. They had no idea of what the alphabet represented and could not sound out a word. Yet our Director says everything is fine if we use more technology and give all students a laptop. DCSS will NOT improve with the current staff and board.

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Momof3 2 years, 7 months ago

Funny how they are also concerned NOW and just today a story breaks about low SAT scores in GA... go figure...

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ABY1 2 years, 7 months ago

Until we can fix the schools here - the town is dead. Newcomers won't move here, business will pass us by, and people will continue to leave the area. The bar is not set high enough, all of these board members and administrators know is mediocrity.

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