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School board candidate introduces campaign leaders

From left, Lamar Reese, Dougherty County School System BOE at-large candidate Dr. Lane Price and Jay Smith chat after a news conference Friday during which Price annouced that Luke Flatt and Barry Cohen had joined her campaign as chaiman and treasurer, respectively. Price, the medical director at Willson Hospice House, is challenging incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in July’s Democratic primary.

From left, Lamar Reese, Dougherty County School System BOE at-large candidate Dr. Lane Price and Jay Smith chat after a news conference Friday during which Price annouced that Luke Flatt and Barry Cohen had joined her campaign as chaiman and treasurer, respectively. Price, the medical director at Willson Hospice House, is challenging incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in July’s Democratic primary.

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School Board at-large candidate Dr. Lane Price announced Friday that Luke Flatt will chair her campaign while Barry Cohen will become the campaign’s treasurer.

Price, the medical director at Willson Hospice House, is making her first run for political office and will challenge incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in July’s Democratic primary.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to elect someone who is so uniquely qualified. That person is Lane Price,” said Flatt, president and CEO of AB&T.

Cohen, a retired CPA, said Price recognizes the financial difficulties facing the school system.

“Lane Price understands the financial issues within the system and feels they can be dealt with without jeopardizing the education and safety of our children,” Cohen said. “Our educational system is the key to Albany getting back to being ‘The Good Life City’, and Lane understands this.”

Price said that while the DCSS has many solid educational programs at work, the system’s potential has yet to be maximized.

“The Dougherty County School system — our school system — has a number of very good programs already in place,” she said. “The International Baccalaureate program, Albany Early College and others ... but there are many opportunities to upgrade the educational opportunities for all our children.

“I am encouraged by the proposed Career Academy; it is a means of preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

While supporting the implementation of technology in the classroom, Price stressed that the basics of education still form the foundation.

“I support technology and I support the basic Three R’s: reading, writing and ’rithmetic,” she said. “And I support the programs that are readily available to have our children reading at, or above, their grade level by the time they complete third grade.”

Price, who announced her candidacy earlier this month, said she is grateful for the support she has gotten since making the announcement.

“I’ve already received wonderful support,” she said. “As I spend the next three months going door-to-door and meeting more and more of our citizens, and as we get to know each other better, I think you will agree I have your children’s best interests at heart.”