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DCSS hires new HR Director

As Dougherty County School Board Chairman James Bush looks on, DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree holds up a stack of documents Monday which he said he sent to the Georgia Department of Education in response to its request for supporting documentation of 33 questionable Title I expenditures.

As Dougherty County School Board Chairman James Bush looks on, DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree holds up a stack of documents Monday which he said he sent to the Georgia Department of Education in response to its request for supporting documentation of 33 questionable Title I expenditures.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School Board on Monday hired Terrell Young as its new director of human resources by a 5-0 vote. Young, who is coming from North Carolina, replaces Tracy Williams, who was fired earlier this year.

Earlier in the meeting, Superintendent Joshua Murfree informed the School Board that consultant Darrell Sabbs had repaid the system $6,000 from a disputed contract involving Sabbs' "Saturday Academy" for boosting the reading skills of fourth-grade students.

Board member David Maschke was unhappy with the system getting $6,000 back from Sabbs' $91,000 contract.

"I hope the Board of Education won't accept just $6,000 when I feel we are owed significantly more," said Maschke, who had said Sabbs owed the system at least $11,377 for not fulfilling the terms of the contract.

In the lengthy board pre-briefing, there was much discussion as to how to rework system policy on the awarding of contracts to consultants.

"I feel like this policy must have some teeth in it," Board Chairman James Bush said.

"I agree," Maschke said. "I feel like the board needs to vote on these contracts and $15,000 to $20,000 seems like a reasonable starting range."

While he said he thought current policy was good, Murfree said, "We need a stronger policy that is more consistent and is not filled with contradictions."

The superintendent said he would task the DCSS finance committee, which consists of Bush, Carol Tharin and Anita Williams-Brown, with the job of reviewing and revising existing policies to present before the full board.

Murfree, updating the board in the recent probe into Title I expenditures by the Georgia Department of Education, said he felt the system had met all the state requirements as it looks into 33 expenditures of Title I funds that state officials said were questionable.

The superintendent added that he thought the issues would be resolved by the Oct. 1 start of the new federal fiscal year, which would free up approximately $11 million in frozen FY 2013 federal funds.

In other information to the board, Murfree said the system expected a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) team to be in town on Sept. 23 to begin the system's reaccreditation process.

The next School Board meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the School Administration Building.

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tywebb 1 year, 8 months ago

Clayton County lost its accreditation due to its school board. I really hope the gang hasn't screwed the students more than anyone knows! On another note, didn't murphree feel they met all of the requirements of the Title I probe BEFORE they froze the 11 million? And his ineptness is what led to the freezing of funds? So, why does anyone really care what he says about that?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

As long as the new HR guys is Black and has no problem with Nepotism......all should percolate just fine as always. Good luck, Mr. Young and be selective in which Church Congregation you pick if you want ongoing support for ......... whatever.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm not sure what the "magic" number is ($15 - $20k as Mascke suggests?), but, the policy must prohibit multiple payments to the same party that are just under the threshold amount during a given period of time (each budget year?). Any multiples that break the pre-approved threshold should need board approval, also. And, clearly any and all contracts should be specific as it relates to goals and objectices, with measurable outcomes and consequences for over and / or under acheivement of the goals/objectives.

And Mr. Mascke is right, "...we are owed significantly more." Those with once ounce of moral fiber agree...

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

Right on. Requirement spliting is a big no-no frequently used to work around any dollar threshold. Makes it easy for those with no scruples to do what they want. Further, some of those hired as consultants are really part time employees, retired friends of course, and we need a better definition of what constitutes a "consultant".

We seem to be short on moral fiber so let's lower the bar to half an ounce.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 8 months ago

It seems that splitting payments up was a tactic used to pay Sabbs...

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Under the circumstances the DCSB should approve/review every consulting contract to insure quality control and fiscal accountability. Murfree and the minions clearly are unable to look after the students and taxpayer money.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Please learn the difference between insure and ensure. I have provided a grammar lesson free of charge to help you, FryarTuk.

To ensure that something will be done means to make it certain to happen.

“When amending the contract, the lawyer ensured that her client received a better deal.”

To insure someone or something means to protect the person or object against risk by regularly paying an insurance company a sum of money. In the event the person is injured or killed or the object is damaged or lost, the insurance company will then pay out a sum of money to cover the injury or loss.

“The company was insured against accidents in the workplace.”

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Vote Ron Paul for a better education of our youth! Ha Ha

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Sherwood, dumb dumb, bible schooler. You do not know what you are talking about. If you know how to use a dictionary go to Merriam Webster or the OED and you will see that insure is a transitive verb meaning " to make certain by taking necessary measures and precautions." Read a little further and you will find some examples. You might also see that in some cases ensure can be used as a synonym (the same) for insure but could differ. Sorry, ole boy, you should have gone to a public school and gotten an education. Vote Ron Paul but you may not be able to since it will require writing in.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

Sherwood_Eagle_Alum: 1 FryarTuk: 0

Good try...but no. My private school diploma, BBA, and MBA disagree with your attempted rebuttal of my grammar lesson. Another failure of public schooling.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

No, bible schooler, you are wrong totally. To begin with it doesn't have anything to do with grammar. Do a MW check on its definition. Insure is perfectly well used. Sorry. What ever education level you have achieved it hasn't helped you much with etymology. Non scholae sed vitae discimus.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe that will change after the election. The should be the first priority. Oh! if they were then Murfree would have never been hired.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

Looks like Stabbs is hoping the DCSS will accept a token payment and not find it worth the money to persue the remainder. About like those TV Accountants that can settle your tax debt for way less than you actually owe. Doesn't King know the educated Public will see right theough this sham?

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

Clearly, King isn't playing to the educated public on this one since we don't count. Terrell Co has been feeding Sabbs outfit for seven years-- their BOE needs to take a hard look with a stink eye since he got about $130,000 in 2010/2011.

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BettyBowTie 1 year, 8 months ago

$6,000 is a drop in the bucket in this case.

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dingleberry 1 year, 8 months ago

Why would anyone who is "right" pay back $6,000? If this case were as clear as Maurice said it was earlier, there would be no such offer. Perhaps this is tantamount to "hush money" to keep folks from looking deeper into into Sabbs--and Draper.

Whether anyone other than Sabbs benefited from this contract is doubtful. But then, what are friends for if they can't help friends?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Mr. Mufree: Just because you sent the documentation they requested (assuming it meets their requirements.....doubtful) that doesn't mean the problem is over. They have already said that certain expenditures are not allowed under the program rules. You're going to have to come up with a few thousand dollars to compensate. One way or another....they might not require a cash payment back.....just a reduction in future program funds which amounts to the same thing......a reduction in the budget. Here's a thought.......make the teachers pay it back through furlough days. Definately don't want to reduce people or cost from the DCSS headquarters! That would punish your own family.

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AuntBee 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like mafia to me.......$90,000,hiring retired friends....paying back $6000. I won't even say 'good grief'...just 'grief'

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agirl_25 1 year, 8 months ago

Terry......thanks for calling Bush by his name...Bush and not Rev. Bush or Pastor Bush (unless you know otherwise and he truly is a "real" pastor) and for calling Murfree by his name...Murfree, and not Dr........enjoyable read....and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NOT SAYING THE NEW HR MAN'S RACE AND IF YOU EVER DO YOU HAD BETTER NOT SAY HE IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN IF HE IS BLACK!! (right LuLu?) Did I raise my voice? Sorry, but if he is, remember if he is from Africa you may tell us he is African-American otherwise, he isn't. Right? Thanks.

PS...who is the new guy related to? Just askin.....

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 8 months ago

"PS...who is the new guy related to? Just askin....." I know!!! I wanna know too! He DOES come from North Carolina, which is not SOP when it comes to the DCSB.

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bigbob 1 year, 8 months ago

If he is a take charge kind of person he won't last 6 months. If he can teach these loosers how to be crocked & underhanded without getting caught he will be cherished.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 8 months ago

The goal of e DCSB should be to ensure a quality education for each and every student enrolled in the DCSS. They should be taught spelling and proper grammar. They should know how to spell simple words such as "losers" and "crooked."

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Cartman 1 year, 8 months ago

I hate that David Maschke is leaving the board. He would have made a fine Chairman had he stayed. Thank you David for your courageous and persistent service.

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Citizen_A 1 year, 8 months ago

I think any contract for services should go to the Board for review no matter the cost. And any contract over a certain amount should go out for competitive bid, to ensure that a reasonable cost is paid.

The Stabbs situation is partly DCSS's fault. Stabbs' services should have been researched and compared to any other similar programs. I would think they would want to know if spending $90,000 dollars on an outside program was worth the money. The money should have been paid on a services as rendered basis, with paperwork to back it up. And the program should have been monitoered better. Stabbs shouldn't have been able to get paid for services not provided.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Regarding "the Stabbs (sic) situation . . . " recall that David Maschke had to file a "freedom of information" request to find out who the DCSS had consulting contracts with. Perhaps the ruling rogues knew about it.

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Citizen_A 1 year, 8 months ago

I hear you...It is still their fault, and it is biting them in the rump. And as usual the kids are the one to pay, instead of the "rogues" who caused this mess. Too bad they can't share the responsibility for paying back the system....

I just hope that DCSB will revamp their rules, and include some "airtight" penalties for not following it. 'Cause it seems that everytime someone in this town gets in trouble they somehow wiggle out of it with little or no repercussions. And forget anyone actually owning up to anything.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Of course, you are correct with the ultimate accountability. The buck does stop somewhere. That is a lesson for the newly constituted board to engage if they want to do things effectively.

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Citizen_A 1 year, 8 months ago

Something tells me that that stack of documentation, that Murfree is holding up in the picture, should have been bigger....

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Agreed, Citizen. It doesn't look like #34 is holding up 33 items.

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