Youngblood to run for School Board

Robert Youngblood

Robert Youngblood

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.


Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

I don't know Youngblood but what I do know is that we need some New Blood!!


Citizen_A 2 years ago

Good luck Mr. Youngblood....


VSU 2 years ago

He's got to be better than the gang of four.


KaosinAlbany 2 years ago

So glad good, moral people are taking a stand and throwing their hats in the ring. Mr. Youngblood would be an excellent addition to the School Board. We need his and Dr. Price's knowledge because the fail four don't have a clue. Good luck to you, Mr. Youngblood. I'll be spreading the good word but I cannot vote for you since I don't live in your district.


Cartman 2 years ago

I don't know if the DCSS can still be saved, but its worth the effort. Let's get some adult supervision on the board. Maybe we can get enough votes to shed ourselves of the bowtie and get a real superintendent too.


coachjohnson42 2 years ago

wow....this is big......finally somebody on the board who knows how schools are suppose to be run!!! Who is he running against?


Terry.Lewis 2 years ago

No one yet, that's Maschke's open seat.


tony5 2 years ago

Robert Youngblood is a good man, I had the pleasure of working under him at WESTOVER HIGH IN '98. He is very knowledgeable and fair. He will bring respect to the DCSS BOE.

Good luck Mr. Youngblood


BettyBowTie 2 years ago

I will miss David Maschke but would be pleased to see Robert Youngblood on the board.


TheBoss 2 years ago

Got my vote, David did a good job. Youngblood will replace him well.


VietVet1 1 year, 12 months ago

Hopefully Turner Job Corps isn't in his district as I'm sure they'll be directed to vote for the "right" person


waltspecht 1 year, 12 months ago

Interesting enough, several of his former students are speaking very highly of him. Might be the right person for the job.


coachjohnson42 1 year, 12 months ago

He needs to call up about 3 more of his friends in education from 1980's and 1990's to run for the other positions on the board. I dont care who it is.....as long as they have worked in the school system from that time span and know how a school is supposed to run.....they got my vote!


Justice4Moma 1 year, 12 months ago

Now we are talking,CHANGE is what we need.


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