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State BOE freezes DCSS Title I funding

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education on Thursday told the state Board of Education that the GADOE was freezing the disbursement of Title I funding for the Dougherty County School System until the district resolved allocation and expenditure issues to the department's satisfaction.

At stake is more than $11 million in federal funding for the district's 16,000-plus students.

According to GADOE spokeperson Matt Cardoza, the BOE, at its monthly meeting, "discussed Dougherty and that there are some issues resolving funding issues related specifically to Title I. It looks like those allocations will be frozen until they clear up those issues."

Cardozoa said the freezing of the funds did not require the approval of the BOE.

"It (the freeze) doesn't require board action," Cardoza said. "We are doing that as the GADOE. The board approved allocations of money, and we told the board we would be freezing some of that money for Dougherty for the time being."

A source close to the situation said the state Board of Education had already approved DCSS's Title I allotment for FY 2013, but the GADOE decided to withold disbursement of the funds until at least two key issues are resolved.

The GADOE has expressed concern that the Dougherty system's FRM (Free or Reduced Meal) numbers, which are used by the state to allocate federal Title I money, were not accurate for FY 2012.

The state also is looking into possible improper Title I expenditures in FY 2012 and possibly FY 2011.

Last year, the state sent the district $8.3 million in Title I, Part A funding and $3.2 million in IDEA (special education) money.

Two weeks ago, The Albany Herald obtained an email dated June 26 from GADOE Title Programs Division Director Margo DeLaune to DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree in which she wrote that "additional information and/or supporting documentation is needed for the items listed below that were paid with Title I, Part A monies."

The 34 items in question ranged from $22 for emergency and registration cards to $91,000 for consulting fees paid to Darrell Sabbs and Associates.

All total, the state was seeking supporting documentation of more than $142,000 in Title I expenditures and gave the system until July 13 to respond to the request.

Delaune confirmed Tuesday she had received some documentation from the local system, but said she didn't know at the time if it was all of the information requested by her office.

In addition to the Sabbs contract, the state was also seeing information on an $18,000 check cut to motivational speaker Joseph Washington for three appearances before students at Dougherty, Monroe and Albany high schools.

"A motivational speaker is not an allowable Title I, Part A expense," LeLaune wrote. "In addition, the cost of $6,000 per day appears not to follow the reasonable and necessary component of an allowable Title I, Part A expenditure.

"Please provide follow-up documentation to support the necessity of the cost and how this meets the compliance of academic interventions for Title I, Part A expenditures."

DeLaune did not return calls for comment Thursday.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

The Ga. Attorney General should appoint a special investigator to go through every aspect of the finances of the DCSS. It should include every possible ledger and contract legally appropriate for his office to investigate. Every school board member, every elected official, every appointed official, every candidate for office should be screaming at the top of their lungs for this investigation to proceed.

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Progressive 1 year, 9 months ago

Totally agree!!! The corruption must STOP. Everyone should be demanding Murfree's termination or resignation. If this does not happen, then we start removing the School Board reps coming up for re-election.

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whodat 1 year, 9 months ago

This foolishness has to stop. The students and employees of the DCSS are being held hostage by the actions of the school board and the superintendent.

We need a new state law in Georgia. We need a law that stipulates how a school board can hire a superintendent, central office administrators---basically anyone above a secretary. That law needs to mandate that the applicants have to be ranked and vetted by both the State DOE and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and that school board members can only vote for one of the top 5. It should also stipulate that anyone who enters into contracts and disburses monies should have training so that they are aware of the laws that govern the handling of those monies.

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

That's a really good idea. I guess the State legislature presumes that the Board will pick one of the top tier candidates that is best qualified for the job and aleady certified, particularly after they hire a consultanting firm to assist with the selection process. (Didn't DoCo's Board do this, or am I mistaken by the 25 other things they've had to hire expensive consultants for?) I'm sure the State didn't presume that a Board would pick #34 of 37 candidates, or that said candidate would need mentoring, tutoring or whatever it was he needed to actually receive certification through the PSC for the job. HA! Wow--did DoCo ever prove them wrong!! They've paved the way for legislation addressing a whole new low of cronyism and incompetence by people who are entrusted to be a part of children's educational process. It would almost be funny were it not so incredibly pathetic.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Murfree was supposed to respond to the GaDOE requests last Friday and I've seen nothing about it in the Herald. I guess Murfree's response, if there WAS one, wasn't satisfactory. As I said last week "Murfree will not be able to blow enough smoke out of his wazzoo to make this one go away". Seems I was right again.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 9 months ago

I just updated the story with more details

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

"34 items"...........you just can't make stuff like this up!! Too funny!

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Slowly_Imploding 1 year, 9 months ago

I thought the same.

Fortunately, the State has followed the trail of FREE bread crumbs leading to the DCSS and are by all aspects, on top of this unbelievable situation. I truly hope jobs are lost and replaced by competent individuals who are not searching for free handouts and huge paydays at the expense of our children.

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks for keeping the public informed, however, you never updated the story about DCSS 2012 CRCT...remember I asked you to review the scores and let the public know how well Lamar Reese Elementary performed. Perhaps you did not since this is good news. I'm beginning to question your motives.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 9 months ago

I will address that after the summer retest numbers are released. Promise.

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LoneCycler 1 year, 9 months ago

Info on Lamar Reese CRCT testing is available at the website http://www.schooldigger.com/go/GA/schools/0183002314/school.aspx It does show they have improved. Whether or not these scores are "corrected" scores is not clear. But since no one has ever provided a "review' of the school here Kyndelljames should provide one immediately.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 9 months ago

All scores will improve after the summer retest numbers are released. What I wrote about were preliminary results. I can't tell you how many times that has been stressed to me by officials ...

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Support 1 year, 9 months ago

I been questioned his motives. Like why a picture of the IT person was never posted like the Herald posted ALL other school system personnel charged with anything.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

I been questioned your intelligence, Support.

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ittybittyme 1 year, 9 months ago

And then what Whodat??....the people involved in stealing from the children and taxpayers will never be punished because the laws and regulations are not being enforced..contracts,etc. are being used for toilet paper by these scumbags.

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

State BOE will likely freeze DCSS Title I funding

...as well they should.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

There goes the free lunch money and breakfast. As well as paraprofessionals. They may as well keep the doors shut until this is resolved. They do not have the money to open them. ESP students and summer school fall under Title I. Sabbs, hope you have the money in an offshore account, they may be coming after you.

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

Sabbs has been hitting Terrell Co up for seven years. In 2011, $77k, 2010 $60K all federal. Don't know what he claimed to do but he was paid well, so it appears.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 9 months ago

It sounds like Mr. Sabbs needs to be investigated...

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

Now Robert Arron is a story all unto himself. How many times has he been caught selling school property? How many times has this ever led to charges, let alone a court appearance. Many things have happened with this Superintendant in Terrell County that bring his honesty into question. However, it doesn't seem to bother anybody in a position to do anything about it.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

THANKS FOR SHINING A LIGHT ON THIS GUY WALT, THE FED UP SHOULD PRESS FOR AN EXAMINATION OF THAT SCHOOL SYSTEM ALSO WITH THE APPEARANCE OF LINKS TO DCSS VIA SABBS.

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BettyBowTie 1 year, 9 months ago

Let me speak before students for $18,000! The poop sure is hitting the fan. :-)

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

You are sad? It is sad? Murfree's performance is sad? Pissing away money is sad? Critics make you sad? You're just a sad person? What?

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

You need rehabilitating rude ruby!

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 9 months ago

Sister Ruby is a Gift from God and I am thankful that he gave her great insight, brilliance and wit. Thank you Heavenly Father for Sister Ruby!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

What I need is a good Cuban cigar!

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

YOUR BOY MURFREE MANAGED TO SCREW UP AGAIN. PERHAPS HE SHOULD DO A JOB SEARCH.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

WALB'S EDITORIAL BOARD IS OPENLY CALLING FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO REPLACE MURFREE TODAY. SAY'S THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SELECT THE 34TH QUALIFIED. CHECK IT OUT. THE MAN HAS DONE NOTHING BUT DAMAGE. PERHAPS BETTY GRAPER SHOULD CONSULT A LAWYER HERSELF.

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LoneCycler 1 year, 9 months ago

What whodat said above! The Free or Reduced Meal numbers are the most important part of the story. The DCSS board was supposed to have provided an assessment of how many DCSS employees were fraudulently obtaining FRM program benefits by last Friday and this will affect how much Title I money is given to the DCSS. I wonder if they find that, say, 50% of the DCSS employees are fraudulently obtaining FRM for their children, does this mean the GADOE will reduce Title I funds by 50%? How much does the DCSS stand to lose in federal funding after Velvet Riggins and Gloria Baker highlighted the fraudulent use of the FRM program? Are we talking millions of dollars here?

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, and that means no more free breafasts. When you have 4 children and get a bundle of food stamps, why should taxpayers feed your younguns?

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

Why would you as a negative force outside of the DCSS root for them to fail? Why are you so interested in them going down? What is true motive for all this hate and negative comments? How is that going to help the children of the DCSS?

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LoneCycler 1 year, 9 months ago

How is keeping incompetent/corrupt people in positions of authority in the DCSS going to help the children? Don't you realize how much of an embarassment the recent actions of the DCSS are to the rest of Georgia? CRCT cheating. Fraudulent use of the lunch program. Handing out contracts worth thousands of dollars without authorization from the DCSS board to cronies. Refusal on the part of officials to cooperate with investigations. Potential loss of millions of dollars of federal funding due to incompetent crooked members of the DCSS. What is your true motive for defending all of this? Is the DCSS putting money in your pocket too, coach?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

BOOM SHAKKA LAKKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

Nope.....But, I am wondering why so many people on this site want them to fail? I bet the main people doing so do not have children in the DCSS. Just a bunch of hateful people with no life. What is your hidden agenda?

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LoneCycler 1 year, 9 months ago

The DCSS is already a huge failure coach. You don't seem to realize that. There are public schools in Georgia with a 99% graduation rate, while we're "haters" with "hidden agendas" for complaining about our miserable 54% rate? It would be cheaper for us to pay to send every child in this county to private school than it is to pay for them to attend DCSS. Do you think the graduation rate of private school is less, or more, than that of the DCSS? We want the DCSS to succeed. We want children to obtain an education that will allow them succeed in life. This is never going to happen as long as people like you pretend nothing is wrong with the DCSS. So the real question is, why do you want the children of Dougherty County to fail? Why do you want them to live miserable, poverty stricken lives? Who is the real "hater" here? Who has the "hidden agenda?"

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

In a word........rightness. Please God......bring it.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Nope......did you mean Dope? Well papajohns don't deliver that.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

You forgot reimbursing bond money for students arrested and charged after abusing teachers and other school personnel...

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RedEric 1 year, 9 months ago

I wonder what else we 'forgot' about. We will probably be really shocked if a full accounting of all fraud is done. Maybe to the point that property tax increases were not needed. This is going to be fun!!

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

It's so embarassing to the rest of Georgia in fact that the AJC has a link to a story on it on the front page of its website, and presumably it is on the front page of the paper itself. It contains several quotes from state DOE officials that are pretty interesting.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

If you cannot see it with your own eyes, then maybe you are part of the problem. If you paid taxes you would also understand. When Obamacare goes into effect, half of you tax base will die. 90% of USA's money is owned by people over 70. When you decide to kill them off where Medicare will not get you help to keep you alive, then you die and a tax base goes away. So TitleI will be eliminated anyway.

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

Get someone in there that is not going to steal all the money that is suppose to be for the students benefit. I know it happens at all levels too. When I was going to the old Vo/Tech school I helped unload some new computers for our class. I happened to see the invoice for these computers & they had paid over $1,000 ea. to much for the computers. Someone was getting a kickback.

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iko 1 year, 9 months ago

The "true motive" for this "hate" is the constant stream of scandals and the continual demand by scumbags like Jeff Sinyard for more taxes to pay for the corruption. No more taxes for thieves.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 9 months ago

Coach, the answer to your questions are HIDDEN AGENDAs!!!

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RedEric 1 year, 9 months ago

I can't find my hidden agendas. I had them right up there on my ethics shelf and now they are gone. I don't need them right now because the hidden is being uncovered. Where do you keep your HIDDEN AGENDAS coach?

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 9 months ago

We the tax payers have this covered.

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Martian 1 year, 9 months ago

Unethical behavior and waste of tax dollars cannot be tolerated. Period. Citizens of all races should be outraged about the scandalous and embarrassing behavior of people we entrust to educate our children.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

But...........they're NOT!!! Why not??? Hmmmmmmmmmm........

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

Most of us with any common sense knows the answer, sister.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

MY HATE IS FOR THE LOSS OF MONEY FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM MEANT FOR THE STUDENTS. I'D SUGGEST THAT THE GADOE CONTINUE IT'S FUNDING TO DCSS PROVIDED THAT MURFREE BE REPLACED AS A CONDITION.

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Well with people like Junebug and Murfree running this place not wonder!!!!!!!!!! Junebug to the best I can determine did not even graudate high school. Murfree was #34 in the selection proecess and did not even qualify with State DOE standards and the system has to request and exemption for Murfree to sit in the office chair until he could like do remedial work to achieve his certifications. Heck no wonder David Mascke decided to retire from his seat on the DCSS Board at the end of the term.

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

David Mascke has ethics, a sense of public duty, and is honest - these make him an oddball misfit on this dysfunctional school board. I suspect he is leaving in an attempt to preserve his sanity.

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree Amazed2, you can only beat a dead horse for so long eventually you have to give up.

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

DCSS is little more than a great big jobs program run for the benefit of those who benefit. It has no regard for any rules and regulations and routinely violates the taxpayer with unfettered impunity. The problems are so systemic that the neither the capability, nor the , will, to clean it up exists in DoCo. The only possibility for improving the situation has to come from outside the system and the county. The BOE is a virtual gelding that will not, and seemingly cannot, force the Superintendent to manage the system back from the brink of total collapse and a state takeover.

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

Watching the DCSS school board in action is like watching mob looting during a riot, except some of the looters wear ties.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

All that the "oblivious defenders" of these cheating morons have at this point is "hidden agenda'. Which preacher preached on this in the past two weeks?? It would be informative to know. By "Hidden Agenda" of course, they mean those who want people to "act right, be honest, confess to wrongdoing" are playing the race card if they ask for (even demand) that the perps do the right thing.....or if not, be removed by forces above them who have the responsibilty and duty to do so in the interests of the CHILDREN'S FUTURE. And I believe, as most thinking, God-fearing, honest citizens believe.....they will fix it.

If your AGENDA is anything except "Honesty, Morality, Responsibility, and Righteousness" then there is probably NO HOPE FOR YOU!

Signed, Sister Ruby, Major Prophetess

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Well, the Federal Reserve has a hidden agenda, Ron Paul talked to Bernake this week on it, so I would also believe this of DCSS.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 9 months ago

We are asking, why, why, why, however, the hidden agenda is in full force.

Keep wishing, planning, and speaking distruction on Gods people.

Watch God work, evil people will never win.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Did you ever notice that when stuff freezes........it turns WHITE! That should scare the ever loving **** out of you B_r ! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ! ! ! ! !

Based on your post......you obviously believe that GOD is Black. Is that what you believe, B_r? Please enlighten us.....or should I say enblacken us..........is YOUR GOD BLACK?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Liars and cheaters and stealers will never win. That's for dam* sure in God's Economy. Bet on it, Bro!

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

SISTER RUBY, LEAVE THAT SCURRED LIL PUPPY ALONE.

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

Dr. Drew? Dr. Phil?Anybody help her...I mean him.....well it. Somebody help it !

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

EVIL PEOPLE DO SOMETIMES WIN, YOU MUST HAVE GOD MIXED UP WITH WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

Bubba what do the jewish people have to do with this?

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

BVR AND COACH AREN'T TOO STUPID, THEY SEE WHAT'S COMING ON THE HORIZON. THIS IMPLOSION OF THE DCSS HAS BECOME TOO BIG TOO IGNORE. BUT THEY WOULD HAVE YOU THINK THAT THE ACTORS IN THIS DISASTER HAVE A DEVINE RIGHT TO VIOLATE THE PUBLIC TRUST AND MISUSE (STEAL) EDUCATION FUNDS. A LOT OF THE BLAME LIES AT THE FEET OF THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR HIRING AN UNQUALIFIED PENCIL PUSHER AS SUPERINTENDANT. TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE FELLAS, GET USED TO IT.

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

With all that's been going on here lately with the local school board & now this, there is no explaination #34 can give that will pass muster with the state BOE. I look for them to take over. I hope they come in and audit all the records for the last ten years.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

There is a memo sent out by James Bush to the local black ministers that has instructions on what should be done to maintain control of the DCSS checkbook. When it surfaces it should provide real insight into school board problems and how the local ministerial association is dabbling (controlling) political dynamics of DCSS. Stay tuned.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 9 months ago

Like I said, we know where you're coming from, and where you're heading. The system is cleaning up old mess, keep up he great work!

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 9 months ago

The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one. You seem to be missing that boat.

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

The problem existed long before now!!!! Don't you miss that boat. Your motives are just allowing you to reveal them.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

It must be nice to live in your world where nobody can do wrong (no matter what they do) and nobody has the right to point out when a wrong has been done. Wow.....until they knock on your door at 3:00 am and start shooting. Then you might change your mind.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Bubba, head stuck in the sand. The problem is that the monies are being funneled to their cronies. Not the folks who need them. The teachers are cut short on their money and paying Sabbs to be a warm body. What are the results of this spending. Sally has been blamed for this mess. Gotta go rehire Sally because she was one powerful lady.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Where are Dorothy Hubbard and Jeff Sinyard? Are they on sabbatical? The funds for critically needed services for the unprotected children have been placed at risk by the criminal and irresponsible conduct of officials who are in charge. Where are our county comissioners. We know where city commissioners are but we expected that. Why are our leaders sliding into the wall paper? No - why have they retreated in the face of such an on slaught of corruption and crime within the DCSS? Is there no leader with integrity sufficient to light a match in this darkness of crime and degeneracy? Why are the leaders supporting the systematic pillaging of educational funds? Qui tacet consentit - the latin phrase for silence gives consent a legal principle. I suppose this is what is meant by depraved indiffernce. Someone speak out!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Do they fear the black preacher backlash? They must be re-elected, you know. Do they have the backbone to speak out against this corruption? If not, I will not vote for them in the future.

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Progressive 1 year, 9 months ago

S_R - you nailed it. A lot of the corruption by the School Board and the DCSS Admin has been exposed in the last 1 to 2 years. Some are starting to get it, and some still have their heads stuck in the racial retaliation hatred of the 60's years. Notice that B_r has never explained what is meant by seeking a "hidden agenda". B_r is just trying to stoke the flames. It is all about trying to preserve the "dumb masses" in positions they do not deserve to be in for fear that someone else can do, and has demonstrated they can do, a lot better.

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Kyndelljames 1 year, 9 months ago

Let me free some sqawkers....I just recently obtained an account so that I could "sign on" about all the negative things being published about DCSS. My intentions were to point out that The Dougherty County School System along with her hard working educators is responsible for my oldest son receiving an academic scholarship to UGA in 2010 and the same effort is being given to my youngest child. There are countless testimonials like this one. The hidden agendas arubuted from a decision that was made 2 years ago.....the hiring of Dr Murfree. People were upset because they didn't want that to come to pass. Now that it did, people want to make sure that he fails. Highlight all flaws, make calls to Atlanta, trash the system, etc. If there are problems, are you helping to solve them with negative comments? Are you really concerned about the well being of the children of the DCSS? If so, support the children by attending forums and board meetings... Lend your ideas, constructively. If you do not want to see the system improve, then your agenda is questioned.
I'm deleting this account after this post. You all keep posting but think about are your comments hurting or helping the situation.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

You said "People were upset because they didn't want that to come to pass."

WRONG!! People were and are upset because Murfree WAS and IS a dimwit who wasn't even qualified for the job when he was "hired", had ZERO experience in public schooling, and still is too stupid to know what he don't know. He's still got that "deer in headlights" look, takes orders from the Black (so-called) Pastors, and laughs all the way to the bank. Other than that, people are fine with it.

Congratulations to your son. Thank heaven that it's still possible to get educated if you work for it. At the current rate, though, that might not be the case in the future. The current climate in the country (Thanks to Emperor Obama) is to locate those who succeed and punish them.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO HURT BEFORE YOU CAN HEAL.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

And I hope your son is studying something that will enable him to PRODUCE something made in USA or SELL something made in USA. We've got plenty of Social Workers in the country today.

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MRKIA 1 year, 9 months ago

CURRENTLY DCSS STANDS FOR:

DOO-DOO HEADS AND COOTY -QUEENS SELF-ENRICHMENT SYSTEM.

"A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, OH YES IT IS"

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GG126 1 year, 9 months ago

I vaguely remember Mr. Mashkie requesting a list of dcss employees who were related some time ago. Was that documentation ever provided?

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Sapphireblue959 1 year, 9 months ago

I have a suggestion----why can't the tax paying citizens of Dougherty County form some type of group, retain a lawyer and go after the school board? It is sad, but our children are the ones suffering.

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B4it 1 year, 9 months ago

Kj is just another one who is supporting the corrupted behaviour of the DoCo admin and Board. Yes, there are some very hard working teachers who really care for their students. They also care about being a part of a system they can be proud of. This Admin has tarnished that reputation. The trends are that it is getting worse everyday this Admin, and several on the School Board, remains in their current position. Murfree should have never been hired, and at this point he should be fired. This School Board has done nothing the indicate he should be held accountable and therefore some of them should also be removed from the Board.

There is no hidden agenda. Several have articulately explained it many times. We want honesty, integrity, and above all, people in positions who can be trusted to make wise decisions. This is not happening. Others are not causing Murfree to fail. That is offensive to even suggest it. He has shown he can not be trusted and his poor decisions are proof of that. Also, to suggest attending meetings will help solve the problem is naive at best. Meetings have been attended. However, we need leaders who will listen and not continue on with making poor decisions. Your agenda is the one in question when you continue to support what is known by many others as a corrupt and failed group.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

If the agenda is hidden, let me disclose it: 1. We want a school administrator who is the most competent, experienced capable our money can provide. 2. We want the administrators to develop programs and hire competent staff to provide the children with the services necessary to offer them a solid education and moral judgement. 3. We want a school board that will hire the administrator, provide honest oversight and keep their filthy stinking hands out of the till and their sorry relatives off the payroll. There the secret is out. Damned I feel better for confessing. I feel so ashamed that I have not revealed this early on. Please find it in your heart to forgive me. Now accept this please or get your sorry asses out of the way so somebody can do the job like it ought to be done and get Darrell Sabbs and Joshua Murfree out of the poor children's lunch boxes.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

FT Thank you for explaining our Dream.

A Dream for a Better Tomorrow for ALL of Albany! aka "The Hidden Agenda"

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 9 months ago

Does anyone remember if it was Sabbs whom Murfree introduced to the DCSS employees during the " Welcome Back" fiasco at ASU a couple or three years ago? I know ASU's President spoke but another gentleman was also intoduced by Murfree as his friend, frat brother? I am trying to remember where I saw Sabb and why? I could be wrong...

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sandtrap 1 year, 9 months ago

I cannot believe that Betty Graper will fall on the sword for Murfree. I hope that Tommy Coleman will pursue her, and get her to "Come Clean".

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

ASU gave #34 a good recommendation to get rid of him. They probably said good riddance. But from the scuddlebutt this has been going on longer than just under #34. He just hit the ground running. I hope they do not want to go back for years, we may never open school this year. And yes, Terrell and Randolph County both need to be investigated.

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henryslittleboy 1 year, 9 months ago

What a joke the school systems have become. It is pretty sad in Albany, but we have the same problem in Macon, Bibb County Bd of Education. We have a superintendant named Romain Dalleman, from Haiti of all places. He has been in his position for about a year and a half and has destroyed what'a left of the school system and spent the tax payers money like it grows on trees. His first year he spent over $70,000 on travel and has already exceded the travel budget this year. He is rolling out what he calls "the macon miracle". He wants to build a dorm form what he terms 1000 homeless school children. He built a welcome center to the tune of several million $$$ and hired high salaried staff to run it (supporters). He spent $200,000 renting the centraplex to promote his Macon Miracle. Part of the miracle is to bring Chinese teachers to the U.S. and teach the kids manderine chinese beginning first grade through twelth grade. He just signed a contract with a group called PEG $250,000 to tell white teachers they are racist and don't know how to teach black kids and that is why they are performing poorly on achievement test. I could write a book on this guy, but I don't have the space. Hang tough and get rid of the thugs.

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