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DCSS recommended for five-year accreditation renewal

Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree and School Board member Carol Tharin look over documents prior to Monday night’s Board meeting. The BOE learned that AdvancED had recommended the District for a five-year reaccreditation.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree and School Board member Carol Tharin look over documents prior to Monday night’s Board meeting. The BOE learned that AdvancED had recommended the District for a five-year reaccreditation.

ALBANY, Ga. -- In what was likely his last School Board meeting, Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree told the Board that an AdvancED External Review Committee had recommend a five-year reaccreditation for the District.

The AdvancED team (formerly known as SACS) spent three days reviewing the school system in September.

"This is an excellent report that helps our district outline direction for improvement for the future of our students," Murfree, whose last day as superintendent is Dec. 18, said. "I am pleased that this team, although very aware of our biggest challenges and legitimate concerns, found evidence that our teachers and staff are focused on the academic success of our students."

The purpose of the visit was to determine the extent to which observable evidence confirmed the system's compliance with five standards of educational programming and district operations.

Reported in the findings are numerical scores for each standard and their specific indicators as determined by the seven-member review team.

On a four-point scale, learning environment sites received an average score of 2.586 with 2.9 being the highest and 1.9 the lowest ranking.

The process is intended to provide a road map to continuous improvement," Murfree said. "The leaders in this district know how to put this information to work to build a better DCSS for our children.

Much of the board meeting was spent discussing the status of the district's compliance with corrective action plans that were discussed in an unusual meeting with the Georgia's Department of Education's Audit Committee Last week in Atlanta.

At stake is nearly $20 million in federal programs funding in Race To The Top, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Title I, Part A money.

The Board spent more than 90 minutes in executive session discussing personnel matters as a result of the Atlanta meeting.

DCSS Executive Finance Director Kenneth Dyer told the Board that the system had complied with all GaDOE demands and he said $3.8 million in unreimbursed federal expenditures should be released to the system sometime next month barring anything unforeseen.

"We don't anticipate any cash flow problems with our funding," Dyer said.

Comments

reb_arty1863 2 years ago

Agony State University will give ol #34 a gubbamint job.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

I think ASU is much too smart to take his worthless carcass back.

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chinaberry25 2 years ago

If I remember correctly, they went to WHS, Lake Park, the best schools in the system.

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southwestga 2 years ago

Merely illustrates how irrelevant SACS is in recognizing and dealing with real problems.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

Murfree...said. "I am pleased that this team...found evidence that our teachers and staff are focused on the academic success of our students."

"Found evidence....."?? What is this, CSI Albany? Nobody ever said that ALL the teachers were incompetent, cheating liars! Only SOME. I guess when they came to Murfree, the committee must have realized that the lights were on but nobody was home.

Why is Graper still drawing a DCSS check???

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years ago

Wait Terry ......this is not your usual TERRY TALE!! This is good news for the DCSS.....you are not supposed to report GOOD NEWS....what are you doing?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

2.586 divided by 4 = 65 % !! That's passing???

"Doctor" Murfree: Buhh Bye!!

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RedEric 2 years ago

And number 34 STILL doesn't know what the problem was!!! I guess nice facilities carries more weight than student reading comprehension. We have a lot of students that can't read!!! 13 years of school and they can't read! This group is accrediting classrooms and computers, not results.

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