ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School System’s Finance and Personnel committees held brief meetings Wednesday at the DCSS administration building.
The items pushed by the finance committee to the full board were homeland security equipment for Albany High School and an annual renewal of a contract for Renaissance Learning.
Renaissance Learning is the accelerated reader program used in the county’s elementary schools.
The personnel committee met immediately following adjournment of the finance committee.
The committee did not vote on any issues but discussed a possible teacher recruitment and retention plan that would help the system attract and keep hard-to-find highly qualified teachers in areas such as science and math.
DCSS Chief Financial Officer Ken Dyer said the plan calls for paying a $3,000 signing bonus to those teachers for a guaranteed three-year commitment to the system.
The money, Dyer said, is Title II Part A budget and has already been approved. The delay was because no guidelines for implementing the plan had been in place until now.
We have some deficiencies in some critical needs areas and think this plan will help us recruit and retain highly qualified teachers,” said Dyer.
The program will be implemented in middle and high schools and is aimed at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), English language arts and social studies teachers.
The next meeting of the full school board will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the school administrative building.