Dougherty schools slate open houses



ALBANY — Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree is asking parents to help students get the new school year started by being fully prepared for academic achievement when schools open on Aug. 6.

The school system will hold open houses 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for elementary schools and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday for middle and high schools.

Murfree, in a news release from the school system, said he listened to concerned parents and community members and wanted to assure them that safety for students across the system was a primary concern.

The Dougherty County School System Police Department operates in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies to assure that procedures are in place to protect students from any threat of harm from outside or within DCSS facilities, school officials say.

Murfree, referring to recent concerns about the gifted program’s location on Corn Avenue, said in the news release: “We are aware there are areas of concern for our facility locations. We seek community support and trust as we work to protect every student so they may learn in a safe and comfortable environment.”

Murfree said that he wanted to remind parents and the community that the system had shown measurable gains in academic areas and teachers and school leaders were focusing this week on implementing new state curriculum requirements for the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

“We will continue to focus on student achievement, reducing dropouts and increasing the graduation rate for all students in Dougherty County Schools,” Murfree said. “I am calling for continued support for our teachers and especially our students as we begin this new year with new opportunities to provide educational achievement beyond all expectations.”