ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School Board member Darrel Ealum issued an email Tuesday urging the public to attend today’s DCSS School Board meeting to show support for a proposed Albany College and Career Academy.
In the email, sent from his personal email account, Ealum wrote:
“Tomorrow (Wednesday) the School Board will pass or fail a resolution to bring a College and Career Academy to our county. We urgently need you to stand with us tomorrow (Wednesday).
“Every citizen who desires to see a significant improvement and change in the way we educate our children; and every citizen who desires to build a College and Career Academy in Albany should attend the School Board meeting at 11:30 a.m.
“The Executive Steering Committee has been working for more than a year to build an academy here in Dougherty County. We presented our Charter to the Superintendent and the School Board on 19 June.
“A small group of citizens is putting out false information about the Academy and is trying to kill it.”
Ealum then went on to extoll the virtues of a charter school, which he says will lift the DCSS’s abysmal graduation rate.
“A College and Career Academy will revitalize our school system, will reduce our school dropout rate, will increase our graduation rates, will produce work ready graduates, will bring new businesses to our area, will bring relevancy and innovation to our classrooms, will reduce crime rate, and will renew our communities commitment to our public school system.”