Whatley a visionary as school superintendent

My name is John Culbreath and I am a longtime citizen of Dougherty County.

As a citizen I am very proud that Dr. Sally Whatley served as superintendent of the Dougherty County School System for nine years. She was a visionary leader, a committed instructional leader, and a champion of excellent learning opportunities and facilities for all of the children of Dougherty County. She envisioned a special theme for each school whereby students from around the county could select a themed school. Dr. Whatley, her staff and the Dougherty County Board of Education not only made this vision a reality, but they also transformed school facilities so that they could accommodate. This not only resulted in extreme makeovers for the four high schools, but brand new facilities for Radium Springs Middle School, Jackson Heights Elementary School, Lincoln Fundamental School, and Live Oak Elementary School. Construction was also completed on new buildings for Albany Middle School and Robert Cross Magnet School.

Dr. Whatley's vision was not limited to new and modern school facilities. Her constant vision for all academic areas was high expectations for all students, a consistent curriculum for all schools, and emphasis on reading. The Reading Intervention program grew out of her recognition that reading is fundamental to success in all academic areas. Dr. Whatley supported fine arts, athletic programs, and career/technical education as forcefully as she did regular academic programs. She could be found regularly at concerts, plays and sporting events.

Dr. Whatley performed her duties with dignity and with a high degree of personal and professional integrity. She constantly appealed to the larger community to support our children and support our schools. She was never too busy to address the concerns of employees, parents or students. I am proud that Dr. Sally B. Whatley was our superintendent and I wish her and her family well in her retirement.



EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. John Culbreath immediately preceded Dr. Sally Whatley as superintendent of the Dougherty County School System.


waltspecht 3 years, 4 months ago

After this, I wonder if Dr,Whatley is the one Hodges and the Govenor were trying to protect when they proposed stopping the investigation. I know she says the fault lies with her, but could that be a red herring trying to hide just how much she was involved? I can hear her friends and supporters lining up already. I am just saying all this is uniquely suspecious. Not claiming it to be a fact, just saying.


tywebb 3 years, 4 months ago

I worked under Dr. Culbreath, Dr. Whatley, and #34. Dr. Culbreath and Dr. Whatley were extremely kind, easy to talk to, caring, and genuinely concerned with the well-being of the students. #34 seems to be just the opposite and has the air of arrogance about him. Never trust a man in a bow tie! In regards to Mr. Spechts reply, I truly believe Dr. Whatley has minimal involvement, if any. I would be SHOCKED to hear that she told principals or teachers to cheat. These are, of course, my opinions based on my personal experience from years of teaching.


Shinedownfan 3 years, 4 months ago

My husband said that whenever there was a football or basketball game or school activity, she would almost always show up and show her support. My boss says she knew all the names of the employees throughout the school system. I wonder if number 34 has ever been to one game.


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