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State gives DCSS deadline to hire permanent Albany High principal

Albany High School

Albany High School

ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Education has issued a letter to Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree outlining “corrective actions” that must be taken in regard to the hiring of a permanent principal at Albany High School.

Albany High has not had a full-time principal since Angela Schumate was suspended eight months ago in the wake of the CRCT investigation.

As a SIG (School Improvement Grant) school, at risk is approximately $1.8 million in federal funding for Albany High. The Dougherty School System is currently in the second year of the three-year program.

The Albany Herald has obtained a copy of the Oct. 2 letter from Sylvia Hooker, state deputy superintendent for school turnaround, to Murfree. In part, it reads:

“This letter is to inform Dougherty County School System (Albany High School) of the findings and required corrective actions that must be taken in order for the GaDOE to release School Improvement grant funds for the FY 2013 school year.

“It is the responsibility of the Office of School Turnaround to provide oversight and technical assistance in the program implementation of the SIG grant for DCSS (Albany High). Currently Albany High has an interim principal resulting from the removal of the former principal. In order for DCSS (Albany High) to remain compliant the following actions must occur:

  • “1. On or before Oct. 9, post the position for Albany High School.
  • “2. On or before Oct. 12, the date and time must be established for GaDOE designated staff to meet with DCSS Human Resources to assist in screening, interviewing and recommending candidates for principal of Albany High School.
  • “3. On or before Oct. 19, recommend for approval to the Dougherty County Board of Education the candidate for principal of Albany High School and the start date of the permanent principal must be negotiated to begin immediately.”

The department conducted a cross-functional monitoring review of the DCSS’s federal grants programs on May 24. As a result of DCSS “not providing sufficient documentation for the monitoring team,” state education officials said, the department rescheduled the monitoring review for Aug. 28.

The result of that visit required DCSS to put together a “corrective action plan” that must be submitted to the state by Nov. 19.

The Albany High issue marks the third federal program which now involves the state Department of Education.

Earlier, the department required the school system hire an individual of its choosing to oversee the DCSS’s Free and Reduced Meals applications process. It will soon name a person to monitor the system’s federal program expenditures.

Race to the Top and E-Rate funding could also fall under state scrutiny.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Has Murfree returned from Atlanta yet? Perhaps he will need to drive back up there to do some interviews of candidates. Candidates, just forward your home address to Murfree and he will drive to your individual houses to conduct the job interviews.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

I was thinking, maybe the closed session meeting on the 10th to discuss Mufree's contract was to discuss demoting him... giving him the position as AHS principal. If so, I would be sad for my Alma Mater.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

If they did it would be just to give him another job he wasn't qualified for. Right?

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

It is so sad that this department cannot and will not do their jobs unless requested by the State. Murfree should have stayed here taking care of this kind of business instead of driving to Atlanta to deliver a check which could have been done via the internet "free of charge" to us tax payers!!!!

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

Now wait, have you seen the milage allowance? Or did he use a School Vehicle and Driver like he supposedly did while getting the necessary training he should have had before he ever applied for the job? Then there is the little matter of his time away from the job he is being paid to do. Did the Taxpayers pick up the tab for his little sleep-over, or did he drive both ways in one day? This alone should make a lot of folks question his judgement and ability to lead. The State doesn't even trust him to hire a Principal.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Walt, yes mileage allowance is something you can make good pocket money on. Reimbursement is probably fity cents per mile. Actual gas cost for a Jaguar using high test at 15 mpg would be about twenty cents per mile. Voila 400 miles with a profit of 30 cents per mile gives you a nice dinner date out at Henry Campbell's with your Significant Other. Or lots of lap dances at the Kitty Kat Klub.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

Backstreet, if its still there... Backstreet.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

A quick Google search reveals that Backstreet closed in 2004. Sorry!

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 11 months ago

Murfree has a $5,000 a year travel allowance.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Surely he still has to turn in an expense report........?..........wait we're talking about the DCSS. Never mind.

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

good questions waltspecht!!!!

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Momof3 1 year, 11 months ago

As a parent of a student there, I would say NO. Not that Dr. Shumate needs to come back, but as much as I like Coach Horton, he doesn't seem to know how to handle anything going on in that school.

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TheBoss 1 year, 11 months ago

Scott Horton will not get the Principle job because he is White in a school that is 70% Black

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Lee County does not need a Economic Develpment office, Ol #34 Murfree is the best advertisement for continued residential and business growth. Even the Marine Base wants the kids from MCLB to leave DCSS and go to Lee County Schools.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Lee County does not need a Economic Develpment office, Ol #34 Murfree is the best advertisement for continued residential and business growth in LEE COUNTY. Even the Marine Base wants the kids from MCLB to leave DCSS and go to Lee County Schools.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Yea Ol #34 must have had a reason to run to Atlanta at the expsense of the Dougherty County Tax Paying Citizens. If you count salary and im sure he and an assistant/ driver and overnight lodging im sure it was at least a $1000 to $1500 run to the Big Atlanta. FedX or UPS or even the USPS could have made next day delivery for about $20.00. Poor judgement and poor use of "Professional" time. Again another example of what the children of DCSS get when you hire the person ranked 34 th of all applicants.

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whattheheck 1 year, 11 months ago

You must remember, Amazed, a day out of the office for Mufree is a day he doesn't have to work or answer questions about operations in the DCSS gone awry. Perhaps he can use his persuasive abilities to convince the state that all is well in the Good Life with him at the helm of the Titanic.

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Francis 1 year, 11 months ago

I thought the tribunal recommended that Dr Shumate should keep her job. What happened?

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 11 months ago

The Superintendent has yet to make a recommendation to the Board as to what to do with her.

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

I bet he maxes out his travel allowance annually!!!!!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 11 months ago

Shumate will be back in the position.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

If she denied any wrongdoing she's Back In like Flynn.

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gpg306 1 year, 11 months ago

First a little about my background to lead to credibility of my statements, manager of the Small Family Business of the year for 2010 for the state of Georgia, instruction of English as a second language HCMC, Vietnam 2011-2012.

I have never in my entire life of living in different areas of the United States seen such disregard for the principals of daily business operations ,financial disparity, and lack of concern for the education of children. The entire school board needs to be dissolved and the state take control such as in Miller County. The only way to clean the entire house is from top to bottom. I am so glad I received my education from this system prior to the 1990's. I really feel a concern for the parents who care about their child's education having to endure this system

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Sounds like Murfree has missed the ditection of the State' mandate letter?? The letter says Advertise the Albany High Principal position and Murfree all of the sudden says he has someone to recommend?? Not quite the same as advertising is it? Besides if he already had someone or someone has him why is he let that critical position remain open for so many months??. Seems Ol #34 still has trouble understanding wrtten instructions!!!!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

I dont understand the delay in giving Shumate her job back......whats the problem?

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Murfree the 34th ranked applicant

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