ALBANY — Former Westover High School principal Robert Youngblood announced Thursday that he will run for the District 1 Dougherty County School Board seat which is being vacated by 12-year Board veteran David Maschke at the end of the year.
“I have served in many positions within the school system and I understand what does and does not work,” Youngblood, who made his announcement at Lake Park Elementary School, said. “I am fiscally conservative and believe that we need the most efficient faculty and staff working in the system.”
Youngblood worked with the Dougherty County School System for 29 years as a coach, principal at Lake Park and Turner elementary schools and Westover and was also the DCSS’s director of federal programs/improvements before retiring in 2008.
In 2001 he was selected as The Albany Herald’s Readers Choice School Principal of The Year.
He currently serves as a vice-president of administration at DOCO Credit Union.
Youngblood is married to Cindy, a retired first grade teacher. He is a native of Dougherty County and a graduate of Westover High School. He received his B. S. from Valdosta State University, his Masters in Education from Albany State University, and his Education Specialist degree from the University of Georgia.
He becomes the second candidate to formally announce a run at the four Board seats which will be up for grabs this year. Last month, Willson Hospice House Medical Director Lane Price said she would challenge Anita Williams-Brown for the Board’s at-large seat.
District 3 Board member Velvet Riggins and District 5 Board Chairman are up for reelection, but have yet to draw any announced opposition.