ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board voted unanimously to allow Gloria Mosely to retire Wednesday. She was one of several teachers and administrators named in a damning CRCT erasure report given to Gov. Nathan Deal last year.
Mosely, a teacher at West Town Elementary, asked to retire rather than face a tribunal process that school officials believe will be lengthy and expensive.
Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree said any employee with enough years to be vested in the system and state retirement plans can resign at any point.
“A person in this situation has that right,” Murfree said. “If you have enough time, you can say, ‘look, this is as far as I want to go. I want to save face with me as an individual. I want to save face with my friends. I want to save face with this community.’
“So we want to be consistent as superintendent and consistent as a board and say that if she wants to retire or resign, we want to give her the right to do so.”
School Board Attorney Tommy Coleman has said repeatedly that because teachers and administrators are not “at-will” employees and instead have contracts, the board can’t just fire them without due process.
Coleman said at Wednesday’s school board meeting that even if Mosely had gone through the tribunal process and had been found to have violated school system policy and was terminated, she would still retain her full retirement benefits.
Mosely joins two DCSS principals named in the report who have also opted to retire.
Murfree said at the start of the board meeting that his staff was still working with state officials to see if the system will have to repay Title 1 funds that were received as a direct result of the system’s performance on the 2009 CRCT exams.
The Atlanta School System, which was also found to have participated in widespread cheating on the exams, is having to repay $363,000 it was awarded for its 2009 CRCT performance.
Coleman also told board members that the evidence used as the basis for the report filed late last year with Gov. Nathan Deal likely won’t make its way south of the gnat line until late February.
That evidence, which is part of an ongoing criminal probe into the cheating, will likely go to Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards first, before being presented to the school system.
The evidence was initially supposed to be here in early- to mid-February, but Coleman said he’s received word from Atlanta that it could be toward the latter part of the month before anything trickles down to Albany.