ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School System attorney Tommy Coleman said Wednesday that his office has received responses from 24 letters of nonrenewal issued to teachers and administrators accused in the CRCT cheating scandal — and all 24 will appeal their dismissals.
The appeals now push the school system and the teachers to the administrative tribunal phase of the process.
Coleman, however, cautioned against hope for quick resolution to the cases. He and three other lawyers are still pouring over case files, including audio of witness interviews from the volumes of evidence delivered from CRCT investigators, adding he could not say when the tribunals
“There is still a lot of evidence to go through. School is out and people are scattered,” Coleman said. “I have an idea when we can start, but I am not going to tell you until I have a chance to tell the School Board.”
The next meeting of the DCSS School board is scheduled for May 30.
In other School Board related news, qualifying for four BOE seats began Wednesday. The deadline for qualifying is noon Friday.
Two incumbents, James Bush and Anita Williams-Brown and political newcomers Lane Price and Robert Youngblood qualified Thursday.
So far the only contested race is for the Board’s at-large seat, where Williams-Brown will square off with challenger Price in the July 31 Democratic primary.
Williams-Brown is seeking her second term on the Board while Price, the medical director of Willson Hospice House, is making her first run at political office.
Board Chairman Bush will defend his District Five seat. Bush, who is seeking his fourth term on the Board, is as yet unopposed.
Youngblood, a long-time DCSS coach, teacher and principal, qualified for the District 1 seat being vacated by Board veteran David Maschke, who is stepping down after 12 years.
Youngblood, who is running as a Democrat, has yet to draw any opposition.
District 3 Board member Velvet Riggins, who is currently under indictment on two felony counts of school lunch fraud, has yet to announce whether she will seek reelection.
Sources, however, say that Riggins, who is in her first term on the Board, will qualify on Friday and annouce she will attempt to defend her seat.
No other hopeful has announced intentions to run for the District 3 seat.