Board interviews three interim superintendent candidates

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School Board interviewed three interim superintendent candidates Thursday morning.

Incoming board members Lane Price and Robert Youngblood also participated in the interviews of Roy Brooks, David Mosely and Franklin Perry. All interviews were conducted in closed session.

School System Attorney Tommy Coleman said no decision was reached and that the board members would have to wait 14 days before voting on a temporary replacement for former superintendent Joshua Murfree.

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is set for Jan. 14, but Coleman thinks Chairman James Bush may call a special session sometime early next month to name an interim.

After the meeting, none of the board members would reveal which of the three he or she favored.

"I was extremely impressed by each of the three candidates," board member Darrel Ealum said. "I think that any one of the three would do an excellent job of moving us forward and out of the situation we find ourselves in."

Member Velvet Riggins agreed.

"There were some new revelations today," she said. "But I think they are great, more-than-qualified candidates. We have a lot of information to digest."

Brooks, who was a finalist to replace former DCSS superintendent Sally Whatley in 2011, resides in Little Rock, Ark. He served as superintendent for the Sumter County schools in Americus 2010-12; chief executive officer of eStem Public Charter Schools Inc. in Little Rock 2007-10, and superintendent of Little Rock School District 2004-07.

Mosely resides in Climax and served as superintendent for Glynn County schools 1994-99; Vidalia city schools 1990-94, and the Decatur County School System 1985-90. He also served as interim superintendent for several counties, including the Coffee County School System, Mitchell County School System and Carroll County School System from 1999 to 2011.

Perry lives in Macon and served as superintendent for Twiggs County public schools from 2006 to 2009 and Sumter County schools 2002-05.

At another special called meeting on Monday, the Board named DCSS Executive Finance and Operations officer Kenneth Dyer acting superintendent pending the selection of the interim school chief.


FryarTuk 2 years, 11 months ago

Darrel Ealum and Velveeta Riggins agreeing on a temp superintendent, oh brother!


Bulldawg 2 years, 11 months ago

Who cares what Velvet thinks about anything. If she agrees that something is good, then I would venture to say that it is not. As we all know, she does not have the best track record for honesty.


Amazed2 2 years, 11 months ago

Of course the candidates for temporary supt are impressive they each have direct experience and are qualified. Something that must seem unusual.


waltspecht 2 years, 11 months ago

So none of them served more than one term as Superintendant in any of their previous jobs? This would be a red flag in any other employee search. However, I guess if this is all that is available you pick the best of the worst. I guess all the good Superintendants are employed.


DCSSTeacher 2 years, 11 months ago

@waltspecht: There are some individuals who make a living in semi-retirement as caretaker administrators for principalships or superintendencies. They (and their potential employers) know that the job is temporary and have experience in the daily administrative responsibilities required of the job. It's not their job to provide long-term vision, but to keep the seat warm for the permanent hire to come. As Terry said before, we should be more focused on who is hired for the long-term rather than this interim position.


waltspecht 2 years, 11 months ago

Even a temporary Superintendant can get a system in deep trouble rather quickly. Especially if they are there just to warm a chair. However. I don't believe any of these are retired, just unemployed for one reason or another.


DoctorDorite 2 years, 11 months ago

Too bad you can't lure Lee Co.'s Dr. Robert Clay out of retirement, he'd make all the other "qualified" in Georgia look un-qualified. He ran his system with good employees and he ran his system with a good heart. I do seriously suggest you use him as a measuring tool in your picks.


bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 11 months ago

we dont want anybody from Lee County over here!!! Stay over there!!!


agirl_25 2 years, 11 months ago

Why? What is wrong with Dr. Clay?


Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years, 11 months ago

Fortunately for Albany residents your opinion doesn't matter, BSR.


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